Carnival Corporation & plc on Monday, March 12, signed a long-term, first-of-its-kind strategic partnership with the port city of Sasebo, Japan. Under the agreement, the comany will invest in the building of a new cruise terminal to be operational by 2020. As part of the arrangement, the group will be granted berthing preference.
More than 100 passengers attended the announcement ceremony, including the mayor of Sasebo, Norio Tomonaga, and the governor of Nagasaki, Norio Tomonaga, along with government agencies of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure Transportation & Tourism.
The long-term agreement supports the initiatives of the Japanese government to develop the ports in the country by 2020, in advance of Tokyo Olympic Games.
As part of the efforts, led by director general of Ports & Harbours Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure Transportation and Tourism, Michio Kikuchi, Japan has opened a number of public and private partnership opportunities, of which the corporation currently has the most number committed ports.