This week, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) marks its 15-year anniversary. Sustainable tourism is on the agenda as AECO welcomes 120 participants to is Arctic Cruise Conference in Oslo.
Traffic is consistent for Oslo this year, 101 ships are scheduled to call, matching last year’s number, which was well up from 81 in 2016. The port is marching back to its all-time high of 174 calls set in 2011, as a 20 percent increase is projected in 2019, according to Ingvar M. Mathisen, port director and CEO of the Port of Oslo. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Nor-Shipping and Viking are promising visitors to Oslo a night to remember on 6 June 2019, with a spectacular naming ceremony party for Viking Jupiter. The 47,800 gt Fincantieri built vessel, the latest addition to Viking’s growing fleet, will be celebrated with a public concert in front of Oslo’s imposing town hall, overlooking the city’s bustling harbour.
Ingvar Mathisen has been appointed port director at the Port of Oslo
Ingvar Mathisen has been appointed port director at the Port of Oslo. The board of directors was very clear it wanted the focus to be on the core business, ie port development and increasing cargo and passenger throughput. Mathisen previously held the same position at the Port of Bodo, where he remained for 12 years.
Glaciers, ice-filled waters and polar bears are some of the sights that draw tourists to the Arctic. (Photo: Frigg Jørgensen, AECO)
Arctic expedition cruising is more popular than ever. New vessels, technology, operators and customer groups will shape the sector’s development in the years to come. This week, major operators and other stakeholders gather in Oslo to discuss how the industry should manage growth.
AECO’s Annual Cruise Conference has gathered the international Arctic expedition cruise industry, government officials and other stakeholder connected to Arctic cruise tourism every year since 2003. This year the conference will take place October 12 in Oslo.
Cruise Baltic’s last gathering of the year took place in Oslo over a period of two days during 31 October and 1 November, attended by representatives from all of its partner ports. (cruisebusiness.com)