- Barcelona Cruise Port - “Best Turnaround Port Operations”
- Valletta Cruise Port - “Best Terminal Operator”
- Singapore Cruise Port - “Best Turnaround Destination”
- Venice Cruise Port - “Best Turnaround Destination”
The prestigious event for the cruise industry was attended by more than 10,000 participants and 300 international journalists, and featured over 700 exhibiting companies from 93 countries. It took place at Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center where Cruise Insight, one of the leading magazines in the cruise industry, announced this year’s award winners.
Emre Sayın, CEO of Global Ports Holding stated: “We are delighted to be recognized for the high standards of service and operational excellence across our business. 2016 has been a significant milestone year for Global Ports Holding having expanded our portfolio to 14 ports across eight countries. As we continue to grow and apply our unique model to all the locations in which we operate, I would like to congratulate everyone within our organisation on the delivery of this vision and on the acknowledgement we have received at these prestigious awards.”
The success in four categories at this year’s event builds on the three awards that GPH received last year from Cruise Insight.
GPH had notable representation at this year’s event with all 14 ports represented and a company booth. It was invited to speak at a conference session entitled ‘The Future of Cruising in Europe’ and participated in the panel ‘Sailing the Med: what is shaping future operations and deployment in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas?’
The company and representatives held a number of meetings and informal conversations with fellow industry experts. GPH also held its annual cocktail gala, attended by some many of the sector’s leading names.
In addition, two GPH Cruise Port cities have been selected to host the next two editions of Seatrade Med , the major biennial cruise event for the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas, the world's second largest cruise region. The ports in Lisbon and Malaga will host more than 4.000 participants during the event that attracts exhibitors from all around the world to showcase products, demonstrate new innovations and discuss the latest industry trends.
Vanessa Stephens, Global Events Director for Seatrade said :“Having shortlisted very strong candidates, we were delighted to award the 2018 event to Lisbon, marking the first time the event has been held in Portugal. Along with the 2020 host Malaga, this comes at an exciting time for the region that continues to experience steady growth in the cruise sector. Both destinations offer the required infrastructure to stage successful editions of the industry's premier event for the region. With their first class facilities and dedicated teams, we look forward to working with both cities.”