The 45th MedCruise General Assembly that was held in Barcelona, has elected Carla Salvadό, marketing and cruise manager of the Port of Barcelona, as the new president of the association representing cruise ports in the Med and its adjoining seas.

Salvadό started working at the Port of Barcelona in 1992, and was first involved in the cruise industry in 2003. She worked for three years as secretary general of MedCruise, and has served on its board.

As president of MedCruise, she succeeds Stavros Hatzakos, general manager of the Port of Piraeus. Hatzakos will continue serving honorary president.

"I am very confident that the association will continue to effectively represent all cruise ports in the Med and its adjoining seas. MedCruise is a unique association that unites and represents cruise ports that host over 20 percent of the global cruise traffic. I would like thank MedCruise members that trust me to lead the association, and I am looking forward to work with all our members, in order to promote the cruise activities in each of them,” Salvado said in a prepared statement.

"Other cruise ports and cruise lines association are partners in these efforts, and along with the new board of directors I will work on maintaining a close relationship with all of them for increasing the prospects of cruising in the Med and beyond".

MedCruise also elected members to its board of directors to serve for the period 2014-17. The members of the new board are: Kristijan Pavic (Dubrovnik, senior vice president), Maria Cano (Palamόs, vice president), Figen Ayan (Istanbul), Andreia Fernandes Ventura (Lisbon), Anne-Sophie Peyran (French Riviera Ports), Airam Díaz Pastor (Tenerife Ports), Lotfi El Ajmi (Tunisian Ports), Elvira Leschinskaya (Odessa), Boyan Babic (Koper), Giampiero Costagli (Portoferraio), Marijan Petkovic (Sibenik), and Vlado Mezak (Rijeka)

The new board decided that the MedCruise secretariat will continue to perform its tasks, from the Greek office of the association at the Port of Piraeus, and reappointed Thanos Pallis as secretary general.

The 45th MedCruise General Assembly also welcomed two new members, Portofino, and Gioia Tauro, both from Italy, rising port membership to 73.

The 46th MedCruise General Assembly will take place in Zadar, Croatia, 3-6 June 2015.