Winning ways at Cruise Baltic

first_imgTaken at the Awards Ceremony, from left to right: Bo Larsen, Director, Cruise Baltic Director General and CEO Hans Skov Christensen on behalf of the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Danish Industry Foundation Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Chairman of  BDF (Baltic Development Forum)PHOTO CREDIT: Tomas Piliponis/BDF Source = Cruise Baltic Recognition for the Baltic Sea Region Announced last night, at the Baltic Development Forum Summit 2010 held in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Cruise Baltic network has been honoured as winner of “The Baltic Sea Award 2010″. Established in 2007, this is a prestigious annual award, recognising extra-ordinary contributions to the development of the Baltic Sea Region – this year sponsored by The Danish Industry Foundation. Awarded to either individuals, or organisations, Cruise Baltic joins previous, prestigious winners: 2009: Ms Arminta Saladziene, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance; 2008: Ms Tarja Halonen, President of Finland; and 2007: the founder of Baltic Sea 2020 Mr Björn Carlsson , Cruise Baltic has more than successfully fulfilled the criteria of the annual Baltic Sea award, which include: * Playing a leading role, or being a role model in the region’s economic development * Strengthening economic co-operation between the countries in the region * Capitalizing on competitive advantages in the region in a new and innovative way * Making a contribution to the improvement of the regional challenges within climate, energy and environment * Concretely supporting existing and growing regional clusters To date the region, on an annual basis, has succeeded in attracting more than 40 of the world’s major cruise lines – more than 70 different ships and almost 1,800 calls to the various Cruise Baltic ports. A growth of 1.4 million cruise visitors since 2004, has resulted in 3.1 million visitors to Cruise Baltic’s destinations in the Baltic Sea in 2009. Speaking at the Summit’s Gala Dinner when the Award was presented by Director General and CEO Hans Skov Christensen on behalf of the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Danish Industry Foundation, recipient Cruise Baltic Director, Bo Larsen said: “We are honoured to receive this recognition and I am proud to accept the Award on behalf of our 45 partners; and also our two commercial partners Scandinavian Airlines and Scandic Hotels, whose co-operation is integral to our success. This accolade is yet another endorsement, which proves we have a unique product proposition, as well as a joint co-operation second to none in the Baltic Sea Region.” On announcing the award to Cruise Balitc, Hans Skov Christensen said: “The cruise industry is global and booming. The competition is tough not least with other destinations such as the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Cruise Baltic demonstrates how our diversity and common history in the Baltic Sea Region can become an attractive business product, if it is successfully managed and marketed.”last_img read more