Cruise tourism development in Porto
An industry for the future
The number of Cruise Passengers who have visited the ports of Portugal has increased overall 15,3% from 2010 to 2016. Last year the Portuguese ports were visited by 1,259,890 pax arriving on 868 cruise ships. It is clear the importance of ports infrastructure for the development of the sector and the need to offer local tourism services adapted to the trends of the cruise market. Shipowners continue to bet on Portuguese destinations as there is a variety of Ports to choose from thus boosting passenger visitation.
The aim of the Forum is to present the business opportunities that cruise traffic can bring and offer to region, from the hand of cruise companies, shipping agents, shore excursions agents and cruise industry experts. This debate will focus on how the Port, auxiliary industry, destination and tourism services have been prepared to ensure the satisfaction of cruise lines and passengers while providing knowledge about this industry that stimulates the economies of cruise destinations.
A conference addressed to:
PORTO & DOURO CRUISE FORUM is an event aimed at professionals within the port sector, Auxiliary industry, Travel Agencies, institutions related to tourism promotion, as well as hotel Manager services, Tourist Guides, restaurants, museums, taxis, shops and all other services that can benefit from the arrival of cruise passengers to Portuguese ports.
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24th May 2017
Porto Cruise Terminal
Porto Cruise Terminal • 2017 Building of the year
Douro's Inland Waterway 2020
Porto Cruise Terminal is the largest project ever for the opening of the Port of Leixões to the city and an important gateway to Porto and North of Portugal Destination.
Situated at the south part of the Port of Leixões, nearby the city of Matosinhos and just 3Km away from the city of Porto, the new 340m pier for cruises has welcomed since April 2011 the biggest and the most glamorous cruise ships from the worldwide cruise fleet, boosting the cruise tourism in the North of Portugal Region.
The Terminal, nominated 2017 BUILDING OF THE YEAR, among 5 other international awards already garnered, is in operation from July 2015.
Douro's Inland Waterway 2020 is a 74 million euros project with an implementation period of six years. The main goal of the project is to transform the Douro River in a safe waterway with good trading routes, in order to contribute for the European Transport Purposes for 2020. The project aims to achieve better navigability through improving channel depth & width, locks and communication systems.
09:00 OPENING SESSION
- Emílio Brógueira Dias, Board Chairman at AUTHORITY OF DOURO, LEIXÕES AND VIANA DO CASTELO
- Eduardo Pinheiro, President at MATOSINHOS MUNICIPALITY
- Fernando Freire de Sousa, President of NORTH PORTUGAL REGIONAL COORDINATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (CCDRN-N)
09:30 PRESENTATION - THE PORTO CRUISE TERMINAL
- Helena Gomes Fernandes, Commercial and Marketing Manager of the AUTHORITY OF DOURO, LEIXÕES AND VIANA DO CASTELO
09:45 PRESENTATION - STATE OF THE WORLDWIDE CRUISE INDUSTRY
- Alfredo Serrano, National Director CLIA
10:00 PRESENTATION - POSITION OF PORTUGAL IN WORLDWIDE ITINERARIES: TRANSIT, INTERPORTING AND EMBARKATION / DISEMBARKATION POINT
- Luís de Carvalho, CEO BA EUROPE
10:15 1ST PANEL - PORTO AND PORTUGAL AS CRUISE DESTINATION AND IN WORLDWIDE ITINERARIES
- Moderator: Luís de Carvalho, CEO BA EUROPE
- Alessandro Carollo, Head of Port Operations ROYAL CARIBBEAN, AZAMARA & CELEBRITY CRUISES
- Javier Marin, Itinerary Planning Director PULLMANTUR CRUISES
- Matteo Busilacchio, Operations & Product Supervisor Mediterranean INTERCRUISES SHORESIDE AND PORT SERVICES
- Catarina Rawes, Managing Director JAMES RAWES NAVEGATION LTD.
11:30 Coffee Break
12:00 2ND PANEL - PORTUGAL AS A SOURCE MARKET
- Moderator: Virginia Lopez, CEO CRUISESNEWS MEDIA GROUP - INTERNATIONAL CRUISE SUMMIT
- Rafael Fernández-Alava, Director Marketing and Communication Spain & Portugal COSTA CROCIERE
- Eduardo Cabrita, General Manager Portugal MSC CRUISES
- Jose Blanco, Vice President Commercial PULLMANTUR CRUISES
- Francisco Teixeira, CEO MELAIR - Royal Caribbean representative
- Agustin Quesada, CEO MUNDOMAR CRUCEROS - Princess Cruises & Cunard Line represetative for Spain and Portugal
- Jose Espartero, Sales & Marketing Manager Spain & Portugal RYANAIR
14:30 PRESENTATION - DOURO INLAND WATERWAY
- Vasco Silva, Head of Promotion of Douro lnland Waterway PORT AUTHORITY OF DOURO, LEIXÕES AND VIANA DO CASTELO
14:45 PRESENTATION - RIVER CRUISING IN EUROPE
- Paula Mesquita, Managing Director MAGELLAN
15:00 3RD PANEL - RIVER CRUISING IN DOURO
- Moderator: Paula Mesquita, Managing Director MAGELLAN
- Captain Hugo Bastos, DOURO AZUL
- Maria Andrada, Dir. General Portugal SCENIC - LUXURY CRUISES & TOURS
- Ricardo Mendez Silva, Dir. Operations CROISIEUROPE
- Paulo Fonseca, Managing Director VIKING RIVER CRUISES
- José Sampaio, CEO FEELDOURO
16:15 4TH PANEL - DOURO A TOURISM ACTIVITY ON THE RISE
- Moderator: Virginia Lopez, CEO CRUISESNEWS MEDIA GROUP - INTERNATIONAL CRUISE SUMMIT
- Jan Erik Ringertz, FLADGATE
- Paula Sousa, QUINTA NOVA
- Samuel Guimarães, DOURO MUSEUM
- Duarte Pinheiro, ROTA DO ROMÂNICO
- Manuel Cabral, PORT AND DOURO WINE INSTITUTE
17:15 Closing & Port Wine Sunset
WHO IS WHO
9:00h to 17:15h
24th May 2017
Porto Cruise Terminal
Av. General Norton de Matos
Matosinhos • Porto
Virginia LópezManaging DirectorCRUISES NEWS MEDIA GROUPManaging Director at Porto & Douro Cruise Forum
Virginia Lopez Valiente is the owner and CEO of Cruises News Media Group, a company dedicated to communication, marketing and promotion of the Cruise industry.
Cruises News Media Group edits the magazine Cruises News and organises annually the International Cruise Summit, the Cruise Excellence Awards, Cruise Forums and Cruise Trainings.
Virginia has spent most of her two-decade career leading departments of commercial, marketing and operations in international companies of various sectors such as transport, hospitality and consultancy.
Before founding Cruises News Media Group, she held various managerial posts in companies such as DHL, Panalpina Global Transport, Air Express International, Thomas International and IPS Consultants and was Director of Operations for Spain and Portugal at Hospitality Marketing Concepts, an American multinational of marketing and loyalty programs for luxury hotels and chains.
She has a degree in Business Administration, International Trade and Marketing and completed her executive program (PGD) in Marketing Management and Strategic Management at the British School of Management Sciences in London.
Virginia is also the publisher and Chief editor of Cruises News, the magazine.
Emílio Brógueira DiasBoard ChairmanPORT AUTHORITY OF DOURO, LEIXÕES AND VIANA DO CASTELO
Fernando Freire de SousaPresidentNORTH PORTUGAL REGIONAL COORDINATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (CCDRN-N)
Born in Porto, Fernando Freire de Sousa holds a PhD in International Economic Relations from the University of Porto and a PhD in Sciences Économiques from the University of Paris I - Sorbonne.
European-wide expert and consultant in internationalization and international management, with various academic and professional positions, both in university teaching and in business management.
He was also Secretary of State for Competitiveness and Internationalization (1996/97).
Alessandro CarolloHead of Port OperationsROYAL CARIBBEAN, AZAMARA & CELEBRITY CRUISES
Eduardo CabritaGeneral Manager PortugalMSC CRUISES
Agustin QuesadaCEOMUNDOMAR CRUCEROSPrincess Cruises & Cunard Line represetative for Spain and Portugal
Catarina RawesManaging DirectorJAMES RAWES NAVEGATION LTD.
Paulo FonsecaManaging DirectorVIKING RIVER CRUISES
Paula MesquitaManaging DirectorMAGELLAN
President of Magellan - Association for the Representation of Portuguese Interests Abroad. Graduated in Law by the Portuguese Catholic University and in History by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, she also holds the "Hautes Études Européennes" Diploma awarded by the Collège d'Europe (Belgium) and an Executive MBA from the Superior School of Management Direcció d'Empreses - ESADE (Barcelona). Senior specialist in business development, strategic planning and lobbying. She has over 30 years of experience in business management and was a lecturer in the European Union Law Degree at the Portucalense University for 17 years. Due to the firm commitment and involvement in the different stages of the Douro's Inland Waterway 2020 project she has developed a strong knowledge of the policies, funding opportunities and characteristics of the inland navigation sector.
Marta Sá LemosHead of Cruise DepartmentPORT AUTHORITY OF DOURO, LEIXÕES AND VIANA DO CASTELO
Helena Gomes FernandesCommercial and Marketing ManagerPORT AUTHORITY OF DOURO, LEIXÕES AND VIANA DO CASTELO
Rui CunhaPort Operations, Safety and Security ManagerPORT AUTHORITY OF DOURO, LEIXÕES AND VIANA DO CASTELO
Jose EsparteroSales & Marketing Manager Spain & PortugalRYANAIR
Alfredo SerranoNational DirectorCLIA
Jan Erik RingertzFLADGATE
Paula SousaQUINTA NOVA
Luis de CarvalhoCEOBA EUROPEConference Director at Porto & Douro Cruise Forum
Luis the Carvalho is the CEO of Bermello Ajamil & Partners Europe (B&A Europe), the worldwide leader in port and destination development for cruise and maritime responsible for 75% of the projects done worldwide.
Luis started his career in 1986 with Premier Cruise Lines and RCCL in Miami. He then spent 12 years with Crystal Cruises, being their LA based Corporate Port Coordinator overseeing shore side operations globally while inspecting new ports and destinations.
From 2005 on he served as: National Director Cruise Operations in Ultramar Express / TUI Spain based in Barcelona, Director of Cruise Operations in Tumlare Corporation and Director of Cruise Operations in Kuoni Destination Management based in Copenhagen.
After gathering knowledge and experience from all angles of the industry he started his own consulting firm Consult DC in 2009 to better serve the global cruise community and in 2013 merged Consult DC with top US 200 architecture firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc. to form B&A Europe.
In 2016 B&A Europe won the prestigious Seatrade Supplier of the Year Award and it is currently involved on several projects involving Northern European, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and West African regions. The talent, resources and experience of B&A team continue to garner praise and attention worldwide and only assure B&A’s place at the top of the industry for years to come.
Luis is also a regular organizer, key speaker and moderator of international conferences, cruise seminars and workshops.
Eduardo PinheiroPresidentMATOSINHOS MUNICIPALITY
Eduardo Pinheiro, born in 1979, holds a degree in Sociology from the University Nova de Lisboa and a post-graduate degree in "Management of Public and Autarchic Entities" by INDEG-IUL / ISCTE Executive Education. In his professional career, he stands the integration in diverse structures of community funds management. Since 2002, in these structures, he has integrated technical and administration functions in the area of training and employment under the Third Community Support Framework (CSF III) and the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) under the supervision of the Ministries of Economy and Social Security.
From 2013, he held the position of Vice-President of the Municipality of Matosinhos and in 2017 President of the Municipality of Matosinhos;
President of the General Assembly of the House of Architecture;
Chairman of the Board of Directors of MHabit;
Chairman of the Board of Directors MSport;
Member of the Lipor General Assembly;
President of the Metro do Porto Assembly;
Member of the Eixo Atlântico General Assembly;
Member of the Association for Collaboration between Ports and Cities (RETE).
Javier MarinItinerary Planning DirectorPULLMANTUR CRUISES
Rafael Fernández-AlavaDirector Marketing and Communication Spain & PortugalCOSTA CROCIERE
Jose BlancoVice President CommercialPULMANTUR CRUISES
Captain Hugo BastosDOURO AZUL
Ricardo Mendez SilvaDir. OperationsCROISIEUROPE
Maria AndradaDir. General PortugalSCENIC - LUXURY CRUISES & TOURS
I am Maria Andrada, 54, general manager of Scenic in Portugal since 2014.
I have extensive experience in river cruises having started my activity in this area in 2005 as a commercial.
I was responsible for the coming of new markets to the Douro, when I started there were only Americans and English in the Douro, today there are Australians, Canadians, Scandinavians, Belgians, Swiss, New Zealots, Israelites, among others.
I have tried that those who come have a more real and less touristic experience of the Douro, incorporating in the itineraries, operated by us, more authenticity and unique experiences of secular traditions of the Douro.
I am concerned that the Douro is promoted by what sustains it for decades and has allowed this region to remain untouched.
Francisco TeixeiraCEOMELAIRRoyal Caribbean representative
Vasco SilvaHead of Promotion of Douro lnland WaterwayPORT AUTHORITY OF DOURO, LEIXÕES AND VIANA DO CASTELO
Head of Navigation Control and Promotion of Douro at APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, S.A.
Member of the project Douro Inland’s Waterway 2020.
David CalãoHead of the Pilotage and Port Planning DepartmentPORT AUTHORITY OF DOURO, LEIXÕES AND VIANA DO CASTELO
Matteo BusilacchioOperations & Product Supervisor MediterraneanINTERCRUISES SHORESIDE AND PORT SERVICES
Duarte PinheiroROTA DO ROMÂNICO
Manuel CabralPORT AND DOURO WINE INSTITUTE
Samuel GuimarãesDOURO MUSEUM
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