Navigate through the Cruise Industry Conference

1 Νοεμβρίου 2023
Navigate through the Cruise Industry Conference

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The Deputy Ministry of Tourism is organizing a conference entitled “Navigate through the Cruise Industry” on Wednesday, 1 November 2023 at 10:30 at the Richard & Berengaria Ballroom, Carob Mills, Limassol.

Cruise tourism is steadily growing into the backbone of Cyprus’ economy. The conference will provide an overview of the multimillion industry, the development of the sector on our island and discuss ways to enrich the customers’ journey throughout the year.

Excursions for cruise workshop participants available here.


To download the program please click here

Lazaros Charalambous
Commercial and Business Development Manager, Limassol Port, DP World Limassol

Lazaros has joined DP World Limassol in 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and Communications, and a Master of Science in International Transportation Management. Further, he is a member of the Institute of Charter Shipbrokers (ICS). Before joining DP World Limassol, Lazaros has worked in the logistics and shipping sectors for over 15 years in the areas of corporate customer care, vessel operations and lately as Commercial Manager.

Capt. Paris Dimitriou
Larnaka Port General Manager, Kition Ocean Port

Captain Paris Dimitriou graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy of Preveza. His onboard experience exceeds 17 years, on different type of ships. He has received Captain Class A unlimited / Master Mariner qualifications from the Merchant Marine Education Centre in Greece in 2015 and has extensive representation in different professional shipping bodies. For many years he was the founder and president of the Cyprus Merchant Marine Officer Association. From 2017 until 2021, he was initially the Marine Superintendent and then the Marine Manager at a shipping company. Currently he is Larnaca Port’s General Manager under Kition Ocean Port, a company subsidiary of Kition Ocean Holdings.

Maria Deligianni
National Director, Eastern Mediterranean, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

Maria Deligianni is National Director, Eastern Mediterranean at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association representing 95% of the cruise sector, headquartered in Washington DC. Maria joined CLIA in March 2018 and is based in Athens. In her role, she is responsible for handling government and public affairs issues in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Maria has been working in the shipping industry since 2012. Prior to joining CLIA, she served as a Senior Advocacy and Policy Advisor at the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) in Brussels focusing on maritime safety, environmental and offshore shipping issues. She also worked at the European Commission, in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) in Brussels. In addition, she worked for SQE Marine Group in Piraeus and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC Greece) in Athens. She holds an executive Master’s degree in Maritime Science with distinction from the University of Ghent in Belgium. She also has a Master’s degree in International and European Studies from the University of Piraeus and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Athens. She graduated from Arsakeion Psychiko in 2005. From a young age, Maria was involved in educational simulations of the European Institutions and the United Nations in several universities including Harvard University.

Katia Demetriou
Senior Assistant Officer A’, Deputy Ministry of Tourism

Katia Demetriou was born in Limassol. She studied Tourism at the Klessheim Tourism College in Salzburg. She worked at various hotels in Cyprus and since 1989 she works for the Cyprus Tourism Organisation which was transformed into a Deputy Ministry of Tourism in 2018. In 1990 she became a tourist guide and in 1999-2000 she completed the “Train the Trainer” program of the International Federation of Tourist Guides Associations acquiring the title of Accredited Trainer. She has a BSc/Ba in Greek Civilization and an MSc in International Tourism and Hospitality Management. She is currently studying for a second master’s degree in Political History.

Deputy Ministry of Tourism

The establishment of the Deputy Ministry of Tourism is an important step to further develop Cyprus' tourism sector and will support our goal to upgrade and promote our tourism product in a more efficient way. The ultimate vision for the rebranding and repositioning of Cyprus in the minds of potential visitors as not only the familiar family holiday and beach package destination, but also to show how much more Cyprus has to offer. Part of the new branding is to promote special interest segments, but more importantly to showcase its good air and sea connectivity together with the softer aspects of Cyprus, such as its hospitality, its short distances within the island and its climate of wellness - the island is not overcrowded, blessed with the cleanest air and sea in the Med, high quality produce and a safe environment with low crime rates. Cyprus' location is also an additional advantage; its position in the East Med makes it the ideal holiday base for a visit to neighbouring countries.


IMH is a leading Corporate Events, Media, Business Intelligence and Networking organisation with a vast annual agenda of over 200 conferences, business forums, exhibitions, investment summits, client events and business awards ceremonies. Organised by IMH in Cyprus and abroad, these are considered to be Cyprus’ largest business and professional networking platforms. Our Business Media Department publishes Cyprus’ two most popular monthly business magazines– IN Business and GOLD –and two digital media platforms, IN Business News and CBN (Cyprus Business News) with their Daily Newsletters providing executives with news and updates on the local business and economic landscape, in Greek and English respectively. Our Consumer Media Department operates REPORTER, one of the country's most popular news portals, as well as SUPER FM, Cyprus’ Number 1 Greek music radio station. IMH also participates in Cyprus Government, EU and other international organisations’ projects and programmes.


The conference is addressed to professionals within the following industries:

  • Tour operators
  • Travel agencies
  • Hotel
  • All other related associations and or individuals

Project Manager

Eleni Scaliotis

Eleni is responsible for the content and speakers of this conference. If you have any enquiries, you can contact her at and at +357 22 505 537.



Mikaela Ttakka

Mikaela is responsible for the marketing and promotion of this event. If you have any marketing-related questions or suggestions, you can contact her at and at +357 22 505 551.


Ημέρα και ώρα

1 Νοεμβρίου 2023 @ 10:30 ΠΜ -


Carob Mills, Limassol
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