From 12 to 15 March, Miami (USA) hosted the largest international cruise exhibition «Cruise Shipping Miami 2012», which traditionally attracts a large number of cruise business representatives, particularly the major cruise lines and passenger ports. Batumi Sea Port took an active part in this event, sharing a joint booth under the name of «Cruise Black Sea» with colleagues from other Black Sea ports. The aim of joint participation was the promotion of the Black Sea region as a priority cruising destination.
As a result, a memorandum of cooperation has been signed specifying the creation of the Association aimed at development of the Black Sea cruise industry. Members of the Association are obliged to generate a unified strategy as per development of the cruise industry of the Black Sea region and gradually implement it.
The creation of the Association was initiated by the chairman of the Government of Adjara Mr Levan Varshalomidze, during the International Forum «Seatrade» in Istanbul last year.