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Die Kreuzfahrt Messe trifft sich zur Zeit in Hamburg.

Ebenso der Wetter Kongreß

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Kreuzfahrten leben von der Weite des Meeres und den Orten, die sie besuchen.

Nur wenn unter dem Strand kein Atommüll lagert, das Wasser nicht verkapptes flüssiges Plastik ist und die

Waelder nicht abgeholzt sind, nur dann lohnt es sich für Kreuzfahrer, sonst könnten sie auch eine Fahrt in´s

örtliche Industriegebiet buchen.

Daher ist auch die Kreuzfahrtmesse zugleich eine Umweltschutzmesse und ein Wetterkongreß

Wenn es in der Tradition der altehrwürdigen QE 2 geschieht, und nicht Menschenmassen auf schwimmenden

Hochhaeusern durch die Gegend gekarrt werden – ohne Sinn, ohne Nachzudenken. Es geht nicht darum, Menschen

auszugrenzen. Es geht um Achtung und Respekt. Wer Qualitaet als solche erkennt, ist im guten Sinn ein

Kreuzfahrer, der gewissermaßen die Krönung seines Lebens genießt  sei es am Beginn oder am Ende. Geeistes

Fallobst vom öffentlichen Garten als Lakmustest.  Wer erkennt wirkliche Qualitaet, auch ohne Label? Das

ursprüngliche Prinzip von no name und „Aldi“. Wer versteht wirklich etwas von Lebensmitteln, vom Handwerk,

von Tee, von Saft, von Textilien, von Seide, von Wolle, von Schuhen, von?

„European Cruise Industry To Meet in Hamburg:
Seatrade Europe Fair to Open Doors from 24 to

26 September 2013

Cruise industry growing steadily in Europe

Hamburg – 23 September 2013: Seatrade Europe,

the leading trade event of the
European cruise and rivercruise industry, will

open in Hamburg on Tuesday. For three
days the metropolis on the Elbe river will be

the hub of the global cruise industry.
Seatrade Europe is the world’s only event of

its kind covering not only ocean
cruises but the booming rivercruise segment,

as well. The port city of Hamburg is
hosting this important trade fair for the

seventh time. The venue reflects the
cruise industry’s successful history: In 2012

the Hamburg Cruise Center counted a
total of 430,329 cruise passengers, 37 per

cent more than the year before. All in
all, there were 160 cruiseship calls at the

city’s Grasbrook and Altona terminals
last year, and 177 calls are expected in 2013,

with more than half a million
passengers visiting.

„The cruiseship industry is among the

fastest-growing sectors of the maritime
industry and an important factor for tourism,

not just in Hamburg,“ says Michael
Ungerer, President of AIDA Cruises and

President of the national cruise industry
association CLIA Germany. The German market is

steadily gaining in importance. „With
more than 1.54 million travellers in 2012,

Germany is one of the world’s biggest
cruise markets today. Germany will continue to

drive growth for years to come and
become Europe’s largest source market. For

years ship builders and suppliers from
all over Europe have been appreciated around

the world as leaders in technical
expertise,“ says Ungerer.

The Who’s Who of the industry will attend the

fair. „We are welcoming the leading
cruise enterprises and all market-leading

suppliers across the entire value chain,“
says Bernd Aufderheide, Chairman of the Board

of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.
The biggest cruise shipping companies,

including AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity
Cruises, Costa Crociere, Disney Cruise Line,

Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten, MSC Cruises,
Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises, have

registered for the Hamburg fair. At Seatrade
Europe they will meet decision-makers and key

representatives from all industries
related to cruise shipping, such as shipyards,

ship chandlers, port authorities,
tour organisers and many others. More than 250

exhibitors from 50 different nations
will showcase their most recent innovations to

a broad industry audience at the
Hamburg Messe fair site.

The need for new ideas and offerings is

strong. Since Europe builds more modern
luxury liners than any other continent, and

has created numerous jobs in shipyards
and ports to serve the industry, Seatrade

Europe has emerged as one of the world’s
leading industry events. „I am convinced that

this year’s fair will once again be a
source of inspiration, setting future trends

and introducing innovative technology
for the benefit of the entire cruise

industry,“ says Ungerer.

Launch pad for newcomers
But Seatrade Europe is more than a parade of

big names. The fair is a great
opportunity for new players in the market, as

well. The Newcomers‘ Pavilion, which
was created specifically for them, was derived

from a concept first introduced at
the Internorga hospitality fair, and modified

for Seatrade Europe to suite the needs
of the cruise market. The exhibition space at

the Pavilion has been designed with
the specific requirements of first-timers in

mind. „Following the successful
premiere in 2011 we have received many new

requests this year, especially from the
hospitality sector. Numerous domestic and

foreign companies will present their
products, concepts and services in this

special marketplace,“ says Aufderheide.

Current trends at Seatrade Europe
Cruise industry representatives welcome the

opportunity to discuss future
developments, identify new trends and do

business at the fair. Theme cruises, luxury
on-board accommodations and unconventional

entertainment programmes are all up and
coming. Safety is another topic that has been

receiving much attention lately.
Lifeboats with an increased passenger capacity

or safety systems incorporating fire
prevention and fire fighting technology will

be exhibited at the fair, among many
other recent engineering advancements. Ecology

is an important innovation driver,
and many new developments will be on the

agenda at Seatrade Europe. In addition, new
approaches to sustainability will be discussed

in depth at „gmec Cruise:
Environmental Advances in Cruise Ship

Technology“, an international conference
addressing maritime environment protection

topics specific to the cruise industry
and all other sectors serving it.

Top-flight speakers
The industry convention held in the exhibition

halls in parallel with the fair will
address current topics of the cruise industry.

More than 50 distinguished speakers
from all relevant business segments will

provide insight into the most recent
industry trends. The list of lecturers

comprises names such as Manfredi Lefebvre
d´Ovidio, Chairman of CLIA Europe, and CEOs of

leading cruise shipping companies,
including Pierfrancesco Vago, CEO of MSC

Cruises, AIDA Cruises President Michael
Ungerer and TUI Cruises CEO Richard Vogel.

David Dingle, CEO of Carnival UK which
operates „Queen Mary 2“, a highly popular ship

among Hamburg’s residents, will be
sharing some valuable expertise, as will Dirk

Helsig, CEO of the Norwegian Fred
Olsen Cruise Lines. On Wednesday, Seatrade

Europe’s „River Cruise Day“ will feature
Daniela Wagner, Chairperson of the CLIA’s

River Cruise Committee, UK & Ireland, and
Douglas Ward, author of the Berlitz Cruise

Guide, discussing current topics specific
to the river cruise business.

Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards 2013
This year the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards

will be presented for the fourth time.
On the last day of the fair, an independent

panel of experts will choose this year’s
winners in the categories of „Destination of

the Year“, „Port of the Year“,
Environmental Initiative of the Year“,

„Onboard Outfitter“ and „Most Innovative Land
Excursion of the Year“ and „Person of the

Year“. The prizes will be presented to the
winners on the last day of Seatrade Europe.

About Seatrade Europe
Seatrade Europe, the leading trade event of

the European cruise and rivercruise
industry, will be held at Hamburg, Germany’s

famous seaport on the Elbe river, from
24 to 26 September 2013. Industry

decision-makers and professionals will meet to
exchange ideas, set new trends and expand

their business networks. Exhibitors
include shipyards, ship chandlers, food and

beverage suppliers, classification
societies, cruise ports and shipbrokers, among

others. From small-scale on-board
hospitals to huge restaurant kitchens, from

waste disposal to entertainment
equipment, operations on board a cruise ship

are highly complex, requiring perfect
logistics. At the two-day conference held in

parallel with the exhibition,
high-level experts will discuss current

industry topics. The Hamburg Messe und
Congress GmbH is the organizer of Seatrade

Europe.

For further information on Seatrade Europe

please visit:
http://www.seatrade-europe.com<http://www.seatrade-eu

rope.com/>

Contact: Christian Freitag, ph.: +49 40 3569

2091, e-mail:
christian.freitag@hamburg-messe.de“