Havana cruise terminal and port set to expand

Posted: 11-Jun-18 08:38

Cuba has signed a long-term deal with Global Ports Holding to manage Havana's cruise piers. The publically traded port operator has been called in amid plans for expansion of the two current berths and will advise the Cuban government on their redevelopment.

Havana cruise terminal and port set to expand

As Havana continues to flourish, its two berths struggle to accommodate the rising numbers of tourists and cruise passengers each year. With 328,000 passing through in 2017, the company claims that the port saw a rise of 156% since 2016, and are expecting to see over 500,000 passengers come through in 2018.

Now, Global Ports Holding has been signed on to market the redevelopment and expansion of the berths from two to six by 2024, allowing for the growth in numbers, according to information from the Prensa Latina (PL) agency. Every major cruise line has revealed plans to increase their visits to Havana in the past six months, making the additional berth space more of a necessity than ever.

Previously concentrated in Europe, with offices in Barcelona and London, this is the Turkish company’s first foray into the Americas. Global Ports Holdings is the world's top cruise port operator, with operations in Barcelona, Malaga, Catania, Venice, Lisbon, Cagliari, Valletta, Ravenna, Bari, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Antalya and Singapore.

The agreement with the Cuban authorities represents the company’s first with the Caribbean, and is in line with their current expansion strategy into the Americas cruise port market – an exciting first step according to the company’s chairman and co-founder Mehmet Kutman.

Global Ports Holding will advise the Cuban government on the redevelopment of the peers while operating the current port for a 15-year term, beginning on June 21, 2018, and will assume all of the cruise port operations until 2033. The company claims that its management fee will be based on the amount of passengers the port sees, and plans to introduce a number of growth-based incentives for the current and proposed terminals.

With Havana becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, and a major port of entry into Cuba, the company is keen to deliver a fantastic cruise port experience. As part of the new development, Global Ports Holding will take responsibility for the design and technical aspects of the new berths, as well as taking charge of the marketing and commercialisation of the terminals.

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