Un navire de croisières à quai au port de Marseille - photo MSC

Marseille cruises: the Town Hall withdraws from the Cruise Club


After calling for a reduction in tourism promotion in the city, the municipality of Marseille now has cruises in its sights.
Indeed the city has decided to withdraw from the Club de la Croisière which brings together about fifty members around the promotion of this tourist activity in Marseille according to information from Marsactu.

Laurent Lhardit, deputy mayor of Marseille delegated in particular to tourism cited by the daily specifies: “Regarding the Cruise Club, without a profound reform of its governance and its objectives, we consider that it is no longer able to offer its partners a privileged place for dialogue between actors and revival. activities”. He adds : “We need to take take into account the environmental challenge and seek the real economic impacts. Basically, this framework for discussion is not the right one: it is just an advocacy body “.

The latter did not particularly appreciate the questioning by the president of the Cruise Club Jean-François Suhas of the study conducted Atmosud – body approved by the State to monitor air quality – according to which pollution due to cruise ships had exploded during confinement in Marseille.

In a tweet, the Cruise Club declares “take note of Laurent Lhardit’s decision not to renew his membership in 2021“, and precise focus “on the resumption of the cruise business”.

The Club de La Croisière thus makes a cross on a annual budget of 90,000 euros, an amount split between a grant of € 70,000 and membership of € 20,000 which had already been cut in 2020.
The opposition grabbed the ball to show their disagreement. The departmental council voted in aid of 80,000 euros (to which is added the contribution of 20,000 euros) adding 20,000 euros to the usual aid, Marsactu said.
Marseille is the 5th port in the Mediterranean and welcomed 1.85 million passengers in 2019 and nearly 500 stopovers, according to figures published by the Club de la Croisière.

The Club takes note of the decision of @LaurentLhardit @Marseille not to renew its membership in 2021. The Club is focused on resuming activity #cruise and continues its concrete actions in the service of the general interest, thanks to the mobilization of its 50 members.

– Marseille Provence Cruise Club (@MPCruiseClubOff) May 4, 2021