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The cruise sector: results of an analysis of flows and the impact on competitiveness in Naples’ port system

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During the 2017, the Naples’s cruise passenger flows have dropped almost 29%. The decline is impressive despite the Italian ports expected slump and the touristic positive trend in Naples. In order to detecting explanatory features about this spread, we have reviewed some studies on cruise shipping. Thereby, we observe unexpected negative spillovers concerning touristic movements and carry out a short analysis of remarkable views in the Mediterranean cruise market. Furthermore, we suggest explanatory instruments both on the supply side and on the demand side. In addition, we realized that conflicting and cooperative cruise flows are able to anticipate the decline in the port of Naples.  Consequently, structural and geo-economic properties may explain the flow’s decrease.  We also have stated a function model with a residual accounting 0.001% on the 2017 Naples’s cruise pax flow. Finally, we have highlighted the role of the currency with a macroeconomic transport approach.

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Accessibility and ports system: functional and strategic relationships for a local development of Apulia

It has been given an important role in development policies and urban regeneration to the accessibility and to the renewed interest in the growth of trade routes in the Mediterranean Sea, concurrently with the development of cruise tourism and the awareness about the necessary implementation of green policies. Lately, in this context, a strategic role has been played by Apulian ports (Bari, Brindisi and Taranto) which have tried to adopt the principles of environmental sustainability and have allowed firms to exercise significant leadership functions by implementing a good interaction, although it isn’t complete yet, between port system and economic system, through the authorities and the local political institutions. The goal to be undertaken is the consideration of accessibility in Apulia which, as it’s known, doesn’t concern only the presence of natural factors. Therefore, for a proper economic and social development, we can’t ignore the observation and analysis of the environmental and cultural reality in which systems identified are included, because it helps to un-derstand if there are favorable conditions in the environment or impediments to its development.

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