The Port CEO proposed the implementation of coordinated and uniform protocols and measures in all destinations in the country to re-activate the industry of cruises in Mexico
Mexican ports are ready to receive cruises with tourists again, as long as the protocols and measures established by the health authorities are complied with, said the Ports CEO, Fernando Bustamante Igartúa, who requested the reactivation of the Interserial Commission of Cruises and local committees, to define the strategies that help boost this industry.
Participating in the video conference “The Return of Cruise Tourism in Mexico”, organized by the Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Concanaco-Servytur), the Ports CEO noted that in the first half of this year 863 cruises with almost 2.3 million passengers, 51 and 41 percent less, respectively, with the same period of last year.
He stated that this has affected the regions by the economic spill of cruise tourism and represents losses for shipping lines, due to the cost of maintenance in anchorage and impediments during the pandemic, for the landing of crews.
In the presence of the Under-Secretary of Quality and Regulation of the Ministry of Tourism, Humberto Hernandez-Haddad, the CEO Ports, stressed that the Ministry of Communications and Transports (SCT) includes within the Agreement for Essential Activities in the Care of the Health Emergency by COVID-19, the maritime and port operation, for the entry and exit of passenger and goods vessels, as well as humanitarian bridges.
The CEO Ports of the SCT commented that, as a measure to safeguard human rights, the Government of Mexico implemented a program with the intervention of the different competent units and the three orders of government, to carry out 15 Humanitarian Bridges, in which two thousand 383 crew members and passengers were repatriated.
For his part, the Municipal President of Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Pedro Joaquín Delbouis, argued that in the port town that leads the cruise ship movement globally, severe measures are taken to address the health emergency; including a permanent campaign for population awareness. He trusted that the experience gained by the cozumeleños in the face of meteorological phenomena will serve to get out in the best way of this situation that has significantly impacted the tourist operation.
In the video conference were present among others: the president of the Tourism Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Luis Alegre Salazar; Norwegian Cruise Line’s Director of Itinerary Planning, Jennifer Marmanillo; Carnival Corporation’s Director of Commercial Operations, Carlos Estrada and Royal Caribbean International’s Vice President of International Sales, Sean Treacy.
With information of Port Administration of Manzanillo
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