Nadine Maraschi and Matthias Rieger Hamburg Cruise Center, the marketing initiative for the cruise destination Hamburg, has appointed Matthias Rieger as its new managing director. Rieger takes over the post from his predecessor Nadine Maraschi (Palatz).

Rieger headed the CCH Congress Organization and was managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau. . Commenting on his new post, M Rieger said that he “was looking forward to forging ahead with the successful HCC concept for marketing the destination and consolidating the interests of the 120 plus members. Together we aim to further expand cruise business in Hamburg.”

Maraschi will remain active in both the cruise industry and Hamburg after moving to her new position as Liaison Manager Northern Germany at MSC Cruises.

“From its modest origins as a 2-to-3-year pilot project with a membership of just 20, Hamburg Cruise Center has developed into a key player with over 120 members and is today a true beacon of success in terms of cruising in Hamburg,” said Maraschi in her farewell speech.

In the wake of a record year in 2014 that had 189 port visits, 589,000 passengers and 23 cruise lines with a total of 34 ships calling to Hamburg, the first six months of 2015 has promptly set a further record. In May 2015 the cruise terminals in Hamburg processed 120,257 passengers during 37 port visits; a 15.5 percent rise against May 2014 (104,143 passengers).