Connecting Cruise Lines with Local Supply Chains for Enhancing Customer Experience: A Platform Application in Greece

Eleftherios Sdoukopoulos, Vasiliki Maria Perra, Maria Boile, Leonidas Efthymiou, Evi Dekoulou, Yianna Orphanidou

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    The Blue Economy constitutes a large and fast growing part of the European Economy. In 2017, it accounted for nearly € 74.3 billion in gross operating profit, and an annual turnover of approximately € 658 billion. Among all blue economic sectors, cruise tourism is one of the most important ones, with the Mediterranean region still accounting for the second most popular cruise destination in the world, after the Caribbean. The contribution of the cruise sector to the local economies of most ports of call however, proves to be quite limited, with negative externalities often surpassing derived benefits. Promoting and integrating ‘traditional’ products into cruise supply chains can be a promising solution addressing this situation. It may also provide passengers with an enhanced local-tasting experience that may make their journey even more memorable. Focusing on Greece and its numerous ports integrated into various cruise itineraries, this paper explores cruise network characteristics and identifies local products that can be promoted at different ports of call for boosting customer experience. Through a novel e-marketplace that is being outlined, cruise companies will be able to directly connect with local producers and suppliers and place their orders. Seamless information may also provide benefits with regard to improving transport and logistics processes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Mobility-as-a-Service Systems - Proceedings of 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility, Virtual CSUM 2020
    EditorsEftihia G. Nathanail, Giannis Adamos, Ioannis Karakikes
    PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)9783030610746
    Publication statusPublished - 2021
    Event5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility, CSUM 2020 - Skiathos Island, Greece
    Duration: 17 Jun 202019 Jun 2020

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357
    ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


    Conference5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility, CSUM 2020
    CitySkiathos Island


    • Blue economy
    • Cruise destination
    • Cruise supply chains
    • E-marketplace
    • Port-city


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