Completed in the record time of only three months, for VTP’s investment of 650.000 euros
PRESENTED TODAY TO THE PRESS THE TERMINAL 123: THE ONLY FACILITY IN THE MARITTIMA CRUISE TERMINAL FEATURING AN INTERNAL GARDEN
Sandro Trevisanato, Chairman of Venezia Terminal Passeggeri S.p.A: “Due to the voluntary agreement signed with the cruise lines for the placement of medium-sized ships in Venice we will welcome this year 1.635.000 cruisers (-5,7% on 2014) and 525 calls (+7,6%)”.
Today May 4th, the new terminal 123 was presented as a preview to the press. Following the relocation of ferry traffic to the Motorways of the Sea terminal in Fusina, the facility – used to serve this traffic until 2013 – was completely refurbished according to a preservation project.
“The Terminal 123, explains Sandro Trevisanato, Chairman of Venezia Terminal Passeggeri S.p.A, becomes an extra terminal which will serve 45 calls in 2015 and represents a new step in the upgrading plan of the Marittima area that has been transformed from an obsolete commercial port into a state-of-the-art passenger terminal in the space of a few years, relaunching the image of Venice even under a productive point of view. The terminal is the only facility in the entire Marittima area featuring a Mediterranean internal garden open to the public. The facility was completed in the record time of only three months, for VTP’s investment of 650.000 euros”
During the press conference was briefed also on Venice cruise traffic data, confirming again for this season the Serenissima as the leading port of the Adriatic, followed by Dubrovnik and Corfù respectively in terms of passengers and calls growth.
“Due to the voluntary agreement signed with the cruise lines for the placement of medium-sized ships in Venice we will welcome this year 1.635.000 cruisers (-5,7% on 2014) and 525 calls (+7,6%) – Mr. Trevisanato said – with the particularity that 91% of the traffic will be in turnaround. We have managed – waiting for the necessary overturning of the regulation based on 96,000 tons limit that was declared unlawful by Veneto Regional Administrative Court – to slow down the traffic fall in comparison to the years with no limit. Without limits in fact, Venice would consolidate its leadership in the Mediterranean and would increase its traffic, generating positive effects on the entire Adriatic system. The current situation of continuing regulatory uncertainty risks to downgrade Venice to a peripheral destination used by old generation ships”.
As reported by the research “Venice and the Adriatic” by “Risposte Turismo” (dating end of 2013), the “Serenissima” remains crucial for the Adriatic cruise industry, assigning to Venice 54% of the total direct expenditure in the area (274 million out of a total of 507). This is why the situation of Venice will inevitably have negative repercussions on the above mentioned area, and on the related surrounding industry local and national employment.