PPA S.A.: Piraeus Port honored for significant contribution to Greek tourism due to high cruise performance
13 February 2023. Piraeus Port Authority was recognized with an award, conferred during a special Greece: 365 - Day Destination-themed event held by the Ministry of Tourism, in recognition of the Piraeus Port’s major contribution to the country’s tourism through its high performance in the cruise industry.
After the end of the pandemic, which significantly affected the industry, the Piraeus Port makes a strong comeback across the board as preferred cruise destination.
More specifically, in 2022 there were 677 arrivals compared to 379 in 2021 and 622 in 2019, an increase of 79% and 9%, respectively. In 2023 bookings show a promising year ahead, with cruise bookings reaching 829 already and a 22% increase compared to 2022 levels. The number of cruise ships that started and/or ended their journey at the Piraeus Port (homeport) was 441 in 2022, compared to 220 in 2021, and 331 in 2019, a 100% and 33% increase, respectively. Finally, 2023 bookings for homeport cruise ships reached 629, showing a 43% increase compared to 2022.
The award received the Piraeus Port Authority Chairman Mr. Yu Zenggang. In his brief greeting, during the event, Mr. Yu Zenggang thanked for the award and highlighted that the award is testament to Piraeus Port’s continuous growth, activities, and achievements, which boost the Greek economy and strengthen the local communities and neighboring municipalities. Piraeus Port Authority Chairman expressed his commitment to continue efforts seeking to further increase Greece’s competitiveness in the global shipping, tourism and trade industry.
Photo 2 Caption: The Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development, Ms. Olympia Anastasopoulou and the Chairman of PPA S.A. Mr. Yu Zenggang.