Seatrade Cruise Global 2019: Strong French Presence at the World’s Largest Cruise Conference [fr]
Organized every year in South Florida, the Seatrade Cruise Global reunites more than 11,000 professionals from the cruise industry to make this the largest cruise gathering in the world. The boat show is made up of forums, conferences, and exhibits that lasts for almost a week. This year, the conference took place in Miami Beach from April 8 to April 11, 2019.
Each year, Atout France brings together the cruises’ ports of call from the French Mediterranean sea, the Atlantic, and the Channel/North Sea in a grand pavilion with French colors. On one hand, the goal is to promote our destinations and, on the other hand, to encourage meetings with industry key-players. It also works to reinforce or generate the emergence of new economic ties with international stakeholders in the international cruise industry.
Overseas Caribbean territories such as Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Martin have also benefited from highlighting the importance of economic issues that concern cruises and their destinations from their respective booths. For example, in the 2017-2018 season nearly $53 million was generated in Guadeloupe from cruise tourism according to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.
These high stakes are equally important for our ultra-marine territories. Ms. Nicole Bouteau, Minister of Tourism of the Government of French Polynesia, René Temeharo, Minister of Equipment of the Government of French Polynesia and Mr. David Vergé, President of the Territorial Assembly of Wallis and Futuna traveled to Miami for the occasion of this SeaTrade 2019 in order to develop the booming cruise market in our Pacific islands.
Therefore, the Seatrade Cruise Global is a unique opportunity for French ports and businesses to meet other global stakeholders in the cruise industry, find business opportunities, increase the attractivity of French destinations, and promote our expertise in the shipbuilding industry.
The cruise industry is indeed an important economic challenge for France. The Chantiers de l’Atlantique began a few days ago the building of a new giant ship pertaining to the Oasis class.
Deliverable in 2021, its construction represents 10 million hours of work and more than a billion of euros for our shipyards. Another of this ship is ordered for 2023,; it will be the 23rd ship built in Saint Nazaire for Royal Caribbean, after the famous Symphony of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, the biggest cruise ships ever built.