UN Ocean Decade (Productive Ocean Lab): Core Event

The core event of the UN Ocean Decade – Productive Ocean Lab is available online. This event brings together experts from different fiields, aiming at creating a sustainable Blue Economy. Maritime and Coastal Tourism represent more than half of the Blue Economy’s gross value-added and employment. Thanks to all the discussion partners, moderators and organisers […]

UN Ocean Decade (Podcast Episode 6): Tourism for a Productive Ocean

Check out our Podcast (in German): Der Podcast zur Ozeandekade – Folge 6 In episode 6 of the BMBF podcast on the Ocean Decade, science journalist Marie Heidenreich from Forschungszentrum Jülich talks with Prof. Dr. Reinhold Hanel, head of the Thünen Institute for Fishery Ecology, and Prof. Dr. Dr. Alexis Papathanassis, Rector of Bremerhaven University […]

UN Ocean Decade: A Productive Ocean and the Role of Tourism

The UN’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the ‘Ocean Decade’, from 2021 to 2030 provides a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Within this framework, tourism in general and coastal / maritime tourism in partcular, plays a central role. Within […]

Academics on Cruises and the COVID19 Crisis: The past, present and future of Cruising

While the COVID19 has put the world economy at a halt, the big questions facing tourism and cruises assume center-stage. Like most crises, this one brings forward the ‘characters’ of individuals, as well as organisations and industries. Here you can listen to an excellent podcast from ABC Radio (Australia), featuring international academic personalities, on the […]

“Stop whining and start cracking”: Tourism must STEP UP and contribute to the FIGHT against the COVID-19

The COVID19 is a capacity crisis. It is all about ensuring that the available capacities of hospital beds and health personnel can meet the ‘demand’ created by the outbreaks. Managing global capacities of beds and transporting people is what the tourism and cruise sector do best. Here instead of ‘whining’, about empty capacities and money […]

Alexis’ Keynote at the Cruise Summit 2019 (Mardid, Spain): The Cruise Sector’s ‘Blue Ocean’ strategy and Implications for Ports

The cruise sector has historically emerged by the crisis in passenger shipping sector during the 70s-80s, forcing the re-invention of passenger shipping to the modern cruise holiday. The cruise sector has been (and is) amongst the early adopters of new technologies, ultimately aiming to ‘sail away’ from price-competitive markets and unattractive business environments (Red Ocean). […]

Cruises & Overtourism: Alexis’ Keynote during the Hamburg Cruise Days Business Deck Event

The overtourism phenomenon (or better collection of phenomena) is not new. The externalities of tourism have been extensively researched since the 70s!!! Nevertheless – and sadly enough – it has required a media-hype and a catchy term for those to be perceived as attention-worthy by the tourism and cruise sector. Perhaps the tourism and cruise […]

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