Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer and Izmir Chamber of Commerce’s Board Member Oğuz Özkardeş met with Costa Company based in Genova, Italy and decided on launching a long-term cooperation so that ships can call on Izmir Port regularly.
First cruise in December 2020
Cruise ships have not called on Izmir port since May 2017 but they will anchor by Izmir Port once again in December 2020.
Approximately 3 thousand people are on each cruise ship and this will bring additional one million tourists to Izmir, starting as of 2023. The Mayor Soyer reported that the Bay is a key element that will enable progress of tourism in Izmir. “We are proud to be announcing the positive results of efforts made by the Chamber of Commerce nearly for over a year. Revival of the post area is a key step of developing economy in Izmir” said Mahmut Özgener, the Chairman of Izmir Chamber of Commerce.