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business Essential news, comment and analysis Stuart Leven: ‘Cruise is an easy


target because the ships are so visible and bring lots of tourists at once. But it’s not the only problem’


Tourism pinch points can be tackled, Leven insists


ABTA 2018 PREVIEW: ‘THE GROWTH CHALLENGE’ CAN BE MET, ROYAL CARIBBEAN CHIEF TELLS IANTAYLOR


Growth in travel shows no signs of slowing, meaning the challenge of ‘overtourism’ and congestion in popular resorts at certain times is likely to intensify.


Stuart Leven, Royal Caribbean’s UK and Ireland managing director and vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, says: “There are pinch points, particularly in the Mediterranean – in places like Palma, Dubrovnik, Kusadasi, Santorini – where if


80 travelweekly.co.uk 30 August 2018


several cruise ships arrive around the same time a destination can feel overcrowded.” But he adds: “It has been


recognised as a challenge and action is being taken.” Leven will address the issue in a panel debate on ‘The Growth Challenge’ at Abta’s Travel Convention in October. He says: “A good example is


Dubrovnik where [representatives of] cruise lines met the mayor.


He said they want cruise ships to come, but could we stagger the ships’ arrivals?” Leven adds: “To run a successful


line you have to offer the right environment when customers get off the ship and work in partnership with local authorities and tourism bodies. If you do that, you can relieve the pinch points. “Cruise is an easy target because the ships are so visible and bring a lot of guests at once. But it’s not the only problem. There are destinations like Palma where there has been an increase in accommodation turned over to


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