Saturday, October 22, 2005

Gibraltar loses out on Med Presidency to France

* Poggio Re-elected Vice-President * by Alice Mascarenhas

Albert Poggio - Re-elected Vice President of MedCruise, the association of Mediterranean Ports - Mr Poggio is also director of the Gibraltar Tourist Board, Vice Chairman of the Calpe House Trust, Chairman of the UK Overseas Territories Association, Director of the Friends of Gibraltar Heritage
Albert Poggio was re-elected Senior Vice President for another three-year term of office at MedCruise General Assembly.

15 countries presented their candidature for the election to the office of Senior Vice President; Gibraltar was elected unanimously. But Gibraltar which was also in the running for the presidency of the association lost out to France. The assembly was held in Limassol, Cyprus. MedCruise is the association of Mediterranean ports which has 64 port members across 17 countries.

Commenting on not achieving the presidency Mr Poggio speaking from Cyprus said that there had no doubt been some tactical voting preventing Gibraltar from succeeding. But he added in the second round of voting for the Senior Vice Presidency Gibraltar was one of 15 countries competing the vote for him to remain in the chair had been unanimous.

Mr Poggio said he was pleased to be re-elected as it placed Gibraltar at the very top of the cruising industry the potential of which was increasing each here.
“We will again be at the forefront,” he said.

Meanwhile the next MedCruise Assembly will be held in Gibraltar next year. Chief Executive of the Gibraltar Tourist Board (GTB) Peter Canessa delivered a presentation in Cyprus on Gibraltar.


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