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The competitiveness of cruise tourism The case of Greece

Yfantis, Athanasios and Galanos, Georgios (2013): The competitiveness of cruise tourism The case of Greece.

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Abstract

Cruise tourism is a dynamic sector of the global tourism industry. The annual growth rates of the cruise industry remain high globally and growth prospects remain significantly high, giving opportunities for economic growth in parts of the region. The study examines the current situation of the cruise activity in Greece and the competitiveness of Greek ports in relation to the sector in the rest of the Mediterranean. An analysis of the existing traffic of Greek ports is carried out and the institutional framework is examined through the perspective of spatial planning and how it provides the appropriate tools for the development of cruise tourism in Greece. In conclusion, it is noted that there is no need to adopt a new framework especially for Cruise Tourism, but the spatial impacts from the activity should be highlighted and taken into account significantly in spatial and urban planning at sub-regional level, through the GPS or SCHOAP, as well as the connection of planning levels

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