Tourism –Visit to Marseille by Jean-Yves Le Drian (24 August 2017)

Mr. Le Drian chaired a working meeting on cruises, attended by tourism professionals, and visited the infrastructures of the Marseille’s large seaport.

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He was welcomed by Renaud Muselier, president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, Martine Vassal, president of the departmental council of Bouches-du-Rhône and first vice-president of Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence, and parliamentarians.

Mr. Le Drian chaired a working meeting on cruises, attended by tourism professionals, and visited the infrastructures of the Marseille’s large seaport.

At the request of the Quai d’Orsay, Nouvelles Frontières founder Jacques Maillot drafted a report on cruises in 2015 (“How can we make France one of the world’s leading cruise ship destinations?”). The round table provided an opportunity to review the 20 recommendations contained in that report.

Developing the cruise sector would considerably increase France’s appeal as a tourist destination. Some 24.7 million people around the world took cruises in 2016, and direct expenditures generated by the cruise industry amount to nearly 17 billion euros in Europe. With the world’s second-largest seafront, thanks notably to its overseas territories, France offers 32 destination and 95 stops on its territories, and the direct contribution to the French economy generated by this sector amounted to 1.2 billion euros in 2015.

Marseille Provence is the leading destination for the French market (1.6 million passengers and 490 stops in 2016, up more than 149,000 passengers compared with 2015). The city intends to become one of the top three ports for Mediterranean cruises.

Mr. Le Drian also visited the Fort Saint-Jean and the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM), two of the city’s most emblematic tourist attractions. MuCEM is one of the 50 most visited museums worldwide and has welcomed more than 7 million visitors since opening in 2013.

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