Tourism Minister meets with CLIA

tourism minister meets CLIA
By Linsey McNeill
21/05/2024
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Julia Lopez, Minister of State for Media, Tourism and Creative Industries, met with CLIA onboard PONANT’s Le Dumont d’Urville in London.  

The meeting took place ahead of CLIA’s annual cruise conference in Southampton later this week.

During the visit, CLIA outlined the economic benefits of cruise tourism to coastal and remote regions and islands, supporting local services such as tourist attractions, restaurants, tour operators, and hotels.

The Minister, pictured second right, said: “The cruise industry plays a vital role in our first-class tourism offer, showing visitors from across the world the best of Britain while generating millions of pounds for the economy and bringing huge benefits to our coastal communities. 

“We are committed to keeping our tourism industry ship-shape, so it was fantastic to meet with CLIA today to hear about the brilliant work they do to promote the cruise industry in the UK and steer our vibrant visitor economy to success.”

Olivier Narcy, PONANT’s Chief EMEA Sales & Global Customer Relations Officer said: “We are delighted to welcome Tourism Minister Julia Lopez aboard Le Dumont d’Urville, fourth ship in the PONANT EXPLORER series, during her port of call in London.

“This presents a fabulous opportunity for us to introduce PONANT unique experience to our UK partners. We are committed to supporting the UK market. Three of our ships will sail to the UK this summer, in about 45 different ports of call including new ones such as Herm Island, Fowey in South Cornwall and the Hebrides.”

CLIA UK & Ireland Managing Director Andy Harmer, pictured right, added: “Cruise is a vital part of the UK visitor economy, bringing economic and social benefits to port communities around the country.  At the same time, tens of thousands of travel agents, on the high street or homeworkers, benefit from the UK being in the top three cruise markets globally.”

In 2023, UK ports welcomed 2.16 million transit passengers with each one worth at least £70 to the local tourism economy, according to CLIA.

Also pictured are Stephen Winter of PONANT and Kay Greenway of Cruise Britain.

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