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Bernabé: "More than a million cruise passengers have arrived in Cartagena in the last decade" (15/05/2017)

Antonio Sevilla: "This increase in cruise passengers is the product of the consensus and joint effort of entrepreneurs, Autonomous Community and public bodies involved in the development of regional tourism and its entire productive fabric"

Mowed: "The objective and the bet of the PP is that Cartagena is port of entry and exit of cruises and, for that, we work from the different administrations to put in value the city and to make it attractive to the tourist"

The deputy secretary of Political Action of the PPRM and national deputy, Francisco Bernabé said this morning at the Cruise Terminal of the Port of Cartagena his satisfaction for the fact that "more than one million cruise passengers have arrived in this city in the last decade" .

In Bernabé's opinion this confirms the success of a tourist bet created by the different governments of the Popular Party at local, regional and national level.

In this sense, and according to the answer given by the Central Government to the question formulated by the deputies Murcia to the effect, the Executive of Mariano Rajoy has confirmed, that have been a total of 1,031,025 travelers that have arrived at the Port city between 2007 and 2016, inclusive.

The 'popular' deputy has referred to the breakdown for years and has indicated that the number of visitors per season has been as follows: Year 2007 (39,922), 2008 (35,374), 2009 (67,916), 2010 (104,294), 2011 (88,081), 2012 (83,917), 2013 (134,225), 2014 (137,989), 2015 (150,795), and 2016 (188,512).

Analyzing the data, noted Bernabé, "it is evident that the spectacular figures, connected with the next opening of the new International Airport of the Region of Murcia, confirms the suitability and feasibility of the great project of the Home Port, which without a doubt , Will turn Cartagena into the future in one of the great ports of reference for cruise tourism throughout the Mediterranean, "concluded

For its part, the president of the Port Authority, Antonio Sevilla, has indicated that "the Port of Cartagena has been assisting in recent years a spectacular takeoff as a base of stopovers and this is evidenced by the arrival of ships and tourists last year".

In figures, he recalled that "the port city received 121 cruises (an increase of 12%), with a total of 187,193 passengers (25% more than in 2015)."

The arrival of 150 cruise ships and 230,000 passengers planned for this year, 25% more than the past, "indicate the importance of cruise tourism for Cartagena that contributes 40% of visitors, and for the Region of Murcia 19% ", has indicated Sevilla who has said that this type of tourism becomes a fundamental element for tourism development.

"The increase in cruise passengers is largely due to the fact that the Port has become the most important poster of Cartagena and Southeast Spain for the international travel that it does in its commercial promotion," said Antonio Sevilla.

According to the president of the Port Authority "the synergies that the Port of Cartagena offers to regional tourism are being highly valued by the municipalities that cruise ships visit and, in addition to Cartagena, La Manga or Murcia, are being offered excursions to Lorca or Caravaca With very good reception ".

He also indicated that these good figures "are the product of consensus and joint effort between entrepreneurs, Autonomous Community and public bodies involved in the development of regional tourism and its entire productive fabric" and explained that the following strategic steps to To follow by the institution that presides over Seville "are directed to conform it as economic revulsive of the Autonomous Community, developing a global concept that affects the entire regional economy with the creation of more quality employment and greater economic and social dynamization.

Mowed: "Cartagena is, thanks to the PP, a tourist city of first level"

On the other hand, the president of the PP of Cartagena, Joaquín Segado, stated during his appearance before the media that "the Popular Party's objective is that Cartagena be Puerto Home, Cartagena is already a city of cruise shipments and our bet is that it be Port of entry and exit of cruises and, for this, the governments of the Popular Party have worked to put in value the city and to make it attractive to the tourist ".

"The Popular Party has put Cartagena in the world of cruises and has made it a top tourist city," said Joaquín Segado.

The person in charge of the PP in Cartagena has defended the realization of actions such as the recovery of the archaeological heritage, the pedestrianization of the historic center or the work in the recovery of facades.

"All these actions have responded to a larger project that aimed to consolidate Cartagena as a quality destination."

Also said Segado, "all this work is a consequence of more than one million cruise passengers have visited Cartagena."

Only in 2016, Cartagena received about 190,000 cruise passengers aboard 121 cruisers, some of which will be surpassed this year (for 2017, there are 151 stopovers with 230,000 passengers)

In the words of the President of the People's Party of Cartagena, "there is still a lot of work ahead, progress in this area can not stop and not enough."

That is why "a Strategic Tourism Plan is needed to promote actions with a common goal: that Cartagena continue to consolidate itself in the national and international market as a reference in tourism. This plan has to be carried out from the coordinated work between the different administrations and the Economic agents ".

Segado has insisted that "it is necessary to continue doing a permanent work of renovation, more excavations, to extend the offer, to improve in quality, to make more promotion".

In this sense, it is necessary to advance in projects such as the Roman Amphitheater, the Windmill or the Roman Theater.

"Our work in the opposition is to present initiatives to advance the major tourism projects pending in Cartagena. Therefore, we are going to present again in the plenary a motion to work on tourism promotion, with special emphasis on promotional campaigns in Travel agencies to improve Cartagena's position in the cruise market, "said Segado

That is why "we have taken to the plenary initiatives such as the brotherhood route, the commitment to promote Cartagena as a destination for religious tourism or the launch of the portico of the Roman Theater.

"We have always defended that the development of tourism and culture are the engines for the economic growth of Cartagena."

The president of the PP of Cartagena has defended a project of a municipality focused on tourism and has vindicated to the different administrations "those investments that suppose future and opportunities for the cartageneros".

Source: PP Región de Murcia

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