Following the approval of a feasibility study for the new cruise ship terminal “Molo Clementino” of Port Ancona from the Management Board of the Port Authority and Community Council, the Town of Ancona and the Central Adriatic Ports Authority organised an evening talk in order to present the project.
MedCruise President, Airam Diaz Pastor, attended the event as a keynote speaker to bring an overview of cruise market development and the best practices in promoting the cruise sector's sustainable development. He stated they did see that the cruise lines were "making a strong effort in increasing their sustainability, in particular with reference to air emissions", giving evidence “to the opportunity to welcome cruise passengers that can discover the territory, contribute to the local economy and come back as tourists.”
In 2016, the Central Adriatic Port Authority started the project development with an approach focused on achieving the utmost standards in sustainability for the new cruise terminal, that will be developed near the Old Port Area and its rich heritage. The key infrastructure is expected to improve the competitiveness of the port which currently is crossed by more than 1,2 million cruise passengers per year.
In 2019, cruise traffic will count for almost 100.000 travellers, an increase of 37% in comparison with 2018.