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24 October 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 13:53 GMT+2

July 24, 2020

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The ports of Genoa and Savona are pressing for the restarting cruise activities

In 2019, the two airports welcomed 435 cruise ships to more than two million passengers

The Port System Authority of the Ligurian Sea also Western urges government to allow restart of activities cruise ships allowing the departure of cruise ships from Italian ports. According to the body that administers the ports of Genoa and Savona-Vado Ligure, "a gradual and maintaining the highest levels of security in activities on the ground, would be the first important step towards reactivation of the cruise industry that has suffered a long shutdown due to the Covid-19 emergency. The protocol developed by the companies in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport - AdSP in a note - foresees the adoption of a number of measures that can ensure the safety and health of passengers each operational stage of the cruise."

The Port Authority pointed out that "the ports of the Western Ligurian Sea System at the end of 2019 represented one of the most important port systems in the Mediterranean cruises with 435 hosted ships and more than two million cruisers. This sector for Savona and Genoa, home port Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises respectively, means economic development, tourism promotion of the territory as well as opportunities for stable employment in areas that are now suffering a heavy toll from the collapse in tourist flows International. In giving the highest priority to the protection of citizens' health, it is important to make every effort in order to restart the cruise market with the guarantee of protocols safety on board as well as on the ground."

The mayor of Savona, Ilaria Caprioglio, remarked particularly important to cruise activities and to its port, where Costa Cruises began from the 2004 to bring a substantial flow of tourists: "Costa Cruises to Savona, in these years - recalled Caprioglio - is has been the engine of economic, tourism and social development in the City. The data collected in the Costa 2018 report estimate that there are 125 million euros the economic impact on the home port city, with almost 900,000 passengers handled per year, more than 700 seats relationships with 30 suppliers. The city of Savona - continued the mayor - he hopes to be able to welcome, as much as first, tourists in the knowledge that the security protocols, developed and shared by the major companies, ensure conditions for the restart of one of the sectors that have the most suffered in this severe period of global crisis.'

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