Cruise ship controversy as Torrevieja traders fear they’ll feel no benefit

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FANNY SERRANO: Councillor responds to criticism over cruise ship.

THE arrival of Torrevieja’s first cruise ship on September 22, has sparked controversy among hoteliers and traders after learning that the vast majority of travellers on the ship would not spend any time in the city.

President of the Association of Small and Medium Dealers of Torrevieja (Apymeco), Caridad Salmeron, called for a meeting with city officials, concerned that with less than a month to go before its arrival little had been done in the way of organising and promoting initiatives with local businesses.

Salmeron said the organisation was told that they expect around just 100 of the potential 600 passengers on board the Amadea ship to actually explore the city, and with the ship not arriving until the afternoon and departing later that evening, those that did were likely to just remain in the Marina Salinas area.

With the next cruise trip tentatively scheduled for October 2016, Apymeco said they believed they were missing a unique opportunity to promote the city, and open Torrevieja within the cruise sector.

In response, councillor for Tourism, Fanny Serrano, said information about the cruise ship’s arrival “had been manipulated, distorted and lied about.”

She said the ship was expected to arrive at 4.30pm with shuttles in place to disembark tourists at the Marina Salinas. They are expected to return on board around 9pm. The councillor said they were unlikely to know until the day before how many of the passengers would be getting off the ship at Torrevieja but noted: “The most optimistic case would be talking about 150 to 200 people.”

She said an information tent about the city and the tourist train would be set up to welcome visitors.

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  1. You have to give Fanny Serrano her chance to prove that she and her team can handle the welcoming of this Cruise Ship and put Torrevieja on the world map. I cruised for many years and assure you that many passengers will come ashore by tender and sample what we have to offer. If Fanny needs help then I am ready to advise. Clients of my company have already invested many millions in Spain during our 29 years trading here. Let us all get behind Ms Serrano and Torrevieja. Noel Lynch.

  2. I read the story Gemma Quinn wrote about the German Cruise Ship coming into the Marina Salinas on the 22nd of this month. To update you, I have a restaurant there and to date, the Marina have told us nothing, plus they have no plans in place yet and there is no shuttles in place to disembark as they have not went out to tender yet. No signs have been put up and a proposed gate has not been put in place, rumour has it the marina are erecting an information tent for the passengers, but they have not asked any of the restaurants if they want to put their information in the tent and as the passengers are all fully inclusive and only here for about 4 hours, I do not expect they will buy any food or drink. The terrace is a mess with broken windows and boarded up empty locals, so that will give the German Tourists a bad impression and I do not expect the 2nd cruise ship to come at all. The only way we the business owners knew it was coming was by reading the newspaper so again t he marina did not inform any of us, so thanks for reading this as I thought you should get the truth and not lies from the marina or town hall…….

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