Black Sea Cruise 2008

In an effort to promote sea transportation and cruise tourism in the Black Sea, Ukraine will be hosting “Black Sea Cruise 2008”. This is the first time that a conference of this sort has been held and organizers are going to great lengths to ensure that it will be a success. The conference is a joint project supported by Odessa Commercial Sea Port, the Center for Information and Analytics ‘Black Sea Trans’, the International Black and Azov Seas Port Association (BASPA) and ‘Ports of Ukraine’ Publishing House.

With the European Football Championship being hosted by Ukraine in 2012 and the Winter Olympic Games being held in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, this conference is seen as very timely in anticipation of an increase in foreign visitors to the area for these events. Black Sea countries, which include Georgia, Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine, are being encouraged to develop their cruise shipping and passenger carrier business. In line with this, Black Sea Cruise 2008 is receiving support from the governments and municipalities of the port cities of each country and representatives of port authorities and passenger terminals will be attending the conference. Other attendees include representatives from tourist companies, banks and investment companies, maritime and information agencies, as well as representatives of international mass media.

Topics to be covered at the Black Sea Cruise 2008 include an analysis of the basic trends in world-wide cruise shipping and a discussion on prospects for the development of the cruise market in the Black Sea basin. The state of current passenger carriage infrastructure at Black Sea ports will be considered, along with projects for the development and construction of tourist passenger terminals. Improvement of tourist infrastructure in coastal cities and regions will also come under the spotlight.

A visit to Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet House is included in the program for participants. They may also take advantage of being in the beautiful city of Odessa, and take some time to explore its many attractions, including the Tolstoy Palace, Vorontsov Palace, Fine Arts Museum at Potocki Palace, Roerich Museum and the renowned Odessa Catacombs. There are also many therapeutic resorts in and around the city offering treatments that guarantee a feeling of wellbeing.

Organizers are confident that Black Sea Cruise 2008 will achieve its primary objective of making people aware of the many attractions on offer in Ukraine, as well as bringing attention to the other Black Sea countries.