Updated 12 September 2016: As announced below a year ago, Tenerife will host Seatrade Cruise Med, the largest cruise trade fair in Europe, from 21-23 September 2016 at the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz. It is the first time this important international event and awards ceremony has been held at a destination outside the Mediterranean. And now, on the eve of the trade fair, the Tenerife Cabildo has announced that Tenerife Ports themselves have been nominated for the award Port of the Year by Seatrade Cuise Med. The announcement that Tenerife has made a shortlist of just three cruise ports in the world has been made on the Seatrade Cruise Med’s award page HERE: the winner will be unveiled in a ceremony at the Santa Cruz Adán Martín auditorium on 22 September. The main website for the trade fair itself is HERE.
Original post 18 May, 2015: The Tenerife Cabildo has announced that Santa Cruz will be the 2016 venue for the largest cruise industry event focusing on the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas. Hosted by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the three-day event will take place from 21-23 September 2016 at the International Trade Fair and Congress Centre in Santa Cruz.
As a leading platform for discussion and debate, the conference is an integral part of Seatrade Cruise Med, previously known as the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention. A comprehensive programme and high level speaker line-up in 2014 attracted almost 700 delegates, including many cruise line executives from the world’s leading cruise lines. More than 3,500 participants visited the showcase exhibition in 2014 where over 180 exhibitors from all over the globe, including numerous companies new to cruise, showcased their products and demonstrated innovations on the exhibition floor.
Pedro Rodriguez Zaragoza, president of the Santa Cruz Port Authority, said that “it is a great honour, and we are absolutely delighted to have this trade fair in Tenerife for the first time in the Atlantic Islands”. Andrew Williams, general manager for Seatrade said that he was “delighted that Tenerife is hosting this important event. As well as bringing together key industry leaders from across the world, it will also showcase Tenerife’s ideal location, facilities and everything this fantastic island has to offer. Tenerife plays an extremely important role in cruising in the Med and its adjoining seas, as already demonstrated by the growth in cruise ship calls in this region”.
Tom Matesanz, vice president, communication and public affairs, CLIA Europe (Cruise Lines International Association) reiterated how important the event is for Tenerife. ‘It is truly a great honour”, he said, “that they have set their gaze on Tenerife for Seatrade Cruise Med 2016. Let me highlight that at a time when collaboration is so important, Tenerife have shown that they can rise to the challenge for everything this sector means. I would also like to highlight the importance of this event to CLIA and all representatives of the cruise lines, who will be of course be in full support. We know that Tenerife will ensure that all attendees will have an enjoyable stay in Tenerife”.
Airam Diaz Pastor, director, projects & studies for MedCruise added that it was “a very special day … and we have to thank Seatrade that they have chosen Tenerife to be the host of Seatrade Cruise Med 2016. For the first time in history the event will be held outside the Mediterranean but that is because we are a member of MedCruise”. Santa Cruz mayor Bermudez also expressed his delight at the decision, explaining that Seatrade Cruise Med will be “the most important congress that has ever been held in Santa Cruz, and an historical event for the city.”
In addition to the conference sessions, the exhibition will see ports and destinations, tourism authorities, cruise associations, ground handlers, tour operators, port agents, technical equipment and hotel suppliers showcasing their products and services to the cruise industry. The event will also feature a travel agent training programme, and a full social programme for delegates.