CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) welcomed Italy's decision for an alternative route for cruise liners to access Port Venice.
For several years, CLIA and its members have been supportive of the ambition of the Italian Government to identify an alternative water route to serve Venice. The decision has finally identified the alternative route and port.
The industry has over the years cooperated with local and national authorities constructively throughout as authorities searched for a sustainable solution to the long-standing challenge.
Commenting on the announcement, Francesco Galietti (CLIA Italy's Director) said:
“We are pleased that the Italian Government has taken this decision on an alternative route as the cruise industry has been supportive of a new approach for many years. The Government’s decision to appoint a special Commissioner to fast track the process is also a welcome development. We now look forward to progress being made towards the provision of alternative docking arrangements in time for the 2022 season.”
According to CLIA data, in Italy, the ship cruise industry generates an annual turnover of ~EUR 16,2 billion (USD 19,1B / GBP 14B) and supports 120,000+ jobs (direct and indirect).