As of the 16 June 2020, it is still not clarified whether there will be a cruise season this summer due to the challenges of COVID-19. Therefore, the first day of the workshop focused on the current pandemic situation and its effect on Greenland’s cruise industry, featuring presentations from the government, operators, port agents and AECO. The second day focused on the future of Greenland’s cruise industry, featuring presentations about new infrastructure and new tourism opportunities and initiatives across Greenland. There was also an interesting discussion on this day about community engagement, which brought together local Greenlandic operators and international cruise operators.
Along a similar line, there was a dialogue session on day 1. The aim of the session was to bring together local Greenlandic operators and international cruise operators and get them working together to find innovative but safe ways to restart the cruise tourism industry in Greenland. The session was very productive, with both groups of stakeholders offering creative solutions and discovering that there is great potential to work collaboratively in the future towards our common goal.