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The only main port of Istanbul, Galataport, which will serve 1.5 million passengers per year including its crew upon completion, participated in Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 with a booth and turned the route of the most important cruise lines of the world to Istanbul.


Galataport has introduced Istanbul and the Galataport Istanbul Cruise Port, which will be opened in March 2020, to the world’s giants at the Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 fair, where 643 participants from 113 countries took part. The world's most famous cruise fair, Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 took place in Miami, USA on April 8-11. Galataport Istanbul Cruise Port, which is planned to be opened in March 2020, participated for the first time with a booth to the Seatrade fair where 643 participants from 113 countries and 11 thousand suppliers and buyers participated. Representing Istanbul, an important destination as a starting point, at the fair, Galataport managed to turn the routes of the most important cruise companies of the world to Istanbul for the 2020-2021 season. Galataport drew attention as the only main port of Istanbul Along with the technical details of Galataport Istanbul Cruise Port, Istanbul and the Galataport project, which is intended to be a new destination in Istanbul and an extension of the historical peninsula of the city, were introduced during the fair organized at Miami Beach Convention Center. Sharing information on Galataport in the exhibition where Istanbul got great attention,CEO of Galataport Istanbul Port Management and Investments Inc. Erdem Tavas underlined the fact that Istanbul, which is known as one of the most important port cities of the world, will gain this identity back with the completion of the project, construction process which continues rapidly. Erdem Tavas gave the following information about the project: “Galataport is a port that highly differentiates from similar investments in this sector due to being the historical port of Istanbul and due to its location. The new terminal, which we plan to open in March 2020, is designed under the ground with a project to be implemented for the first time in the world. According to this planning, the customs bonded area is sequestered from the rest of the site with a special 3-meter long rising hatch. We will make a significant contribution to Istanbul's ship tourism potential with this planning in line with the needs of all cruise ships. Our new terminal is built on a 20 thousand m2 field with high technology and high standards. This unique coastline, which has been closed to access for a long time, will be opened to the use of Istanbulites and visitors of the city with this plan.” More than 50 ship reservations Figen Ayan, Vice President of Cruise Operation of Galataport Istanbul Port Management and Investments Inc.,said a new era in cruise tourism will start with the launch of Galataport in Istanbul and underlined that they started to take reservations for 2020 - 2021 and added “The number of confirmed ship reservations for 2020 for the moment has exceeded 50. The majority of these reservations are homeport reservations, which shows that the cruise lines chose Galataport as the main port. This development is of great importance for the tourism of our country and Istanbul. The cruise companies that have made reservations so far include the Carnival Corporation and the Royal Caribbean -- the top two cruise lines in the world-- as well as such lines as the Holland America Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Celestial Cruises, Le Ponant, Silversea Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruises, Marella Cruises and Wind Star Cruises.” 3 large ships will be able to dock at the same time and 15,000 passengers will be hosted per day Emphasizing that 43 of the 55 ships wandering in the Mediterranean hub until 3 years ago preferred Istanbul, Figen Ayan said, “Istanbul destination, which can appeal to every budget and customer, will be a favorite route for cruise tourism again beginning from 2020."Ayan noted that when the port of Galataport is completed, 3 large ships will be able to dock at the same time and can host an average of 15,000 cruise passengers per day. She said, “We aim to serve 1.5 million passengers including the crew during the year when the Galataport Istanbul Cruise Port is completed.”


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