(ACN) – The cruise ship port of Havana will be subject to medium-term expansion work, in accordance with the agreement signed between the Turkish corporation Global Ports Holding (GPH) and the Cuban company Aries.
The project includes the increasing from the two current terminals to six by 2024, which will make it possible to cope with the increase in tourist arrivals through this route, according to information from the Prensa Latina (PL) agency.
The terms of the concession include the creation of a Cuban-Turkish joint venture for the joint management of this port facility, the most important on the island, and its commercialization for a term of 15 years.
The Turkish company will work with Cuban partners on the cruise ship port operations and on the design and technical specifications of the investment program for the facility, including the proposed new terminals.
Global Ports said it will use the experience gained and its operating model to manage the facilities and will take responsibility for marketing the new terminals as they become operational.
This corporation, the largest of its kind in the world, currently manages 12 marine terminals dedicated to the handling of cruise ships in the Mediterranean and one in Singapore, as well as commercial ports in seven countries.
Last year the port of Havana received some 328,000 passengers by this route and by the end of 2018 this figure is expected to reach 500,000, which shows the sustained upward trend of this type of tourism.