Bilbao ospiterà dal 6 all'8 maggio prossimi l'assemblea annuale di Cruise Europe, l'associazione che raggruppa 85 porti crocieristici europei. Il meeting è organizzato dalla Port of Bilbao Authority, che si è diventata membro di Cruise Europe nel 2001.
Thursday 6th May
Check-in at the Carlton Hotel
13:00 Reception Lunch at Hotel Carlton for all participants presided over by the Mayor of Bilbao, Mr. Iñaki Azkuna.
18:30 Council Meeting.
21:00 Dinner in Getxo for all participants (Real Club Marítimo del Abra)
Transfer by bus back to the hotel
Friday 7th May
Morning session - Carlton Hotel (Bilbao city centre)
The working language of all sessions will be english.
10:10 The Guggenheim Effect
Mr. Jon Azua, Guggenheim Solomon Foundation Council Member (N.Y)
10:50 State of the cruise industry with an emphasis on Europe
Mr. Peter Wild, Managing Director GP. Wild Limited
11:10 Cruise passengers satisfaction
Mr. William Gibbons, Director Passenger Shipping Association
12:10 Regional economic impact of cruise activity
Mr. Juan Madrid, Port of Barcelona Commercial Director and President of Medcruise
12:30 European security measures: 1st July, Seven Weeks away
Mr. Diego Teurelincx, DG Energy & Transport European Commission
13:00 Transfer by bus to the Urdaibai Natural Reserve for all participants.
(Partners programme before lunch: visit to Bermeo, the most important fishing port in Biscay.)
15:30 Lunch at Portuondo Restaurant for all participants. Panoramic view of the Reserve.
Afternoon session in the Azti Marine Research Centre on Txatxarramendi Island.
15:45 Welcome by Mr. Xabier Goirigolzarri, Manager of the Azti Marine Research Centre.
16:00 Cruise Lines Itinerary Planning and Development Strategy in Europe
Mr. Nick Lighton, Managing Director Ocean Village
Mr. Nigel Lingard, Managing DirectorFred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd.
16:45 Coffee Break
Mr. James Duguid, Commercial Director Saga Shipping Company Ltd.
Mr. Greg Saunders, Thomson Cruises Planning and Product Development Manager.
Partners programme after lunch: visit to "La Casa de Juntas" in Gernika, the spiritual capital of the Basque Country .
18:00 Transfer to Bilbao, Hotel Carlton for all participants.
21:00 Visit and Dinner at Guggenheim Museum for all participants (Formal dress).
Saturday 8th May
8:30 Bus to Marqués del Riscal Wine Cellars, La Guardia, La Rioja .
10:00 Marketing Seminar
11:00 Regional Meetings
(Partners programme before lunch: Vitoria, La Guardia, Belorado, Haro)
14:00 Typical Rioja Lunch for all participants.
16:00 Guided visit to the Riscal wine cellars for all participants. A firsthand opportunity to see how wines are produced and aged.
18:00 Return to Bilbao
19:30 Council Meeting at Carlton Hotel