The message of Knut Arild Hareide, Director General of Shipping and Navigation, was crystal clear: Norway welcomes the cruise industry, and preferably cruise ships flying the Norwegian flag!

Seen and heard

Many in the industry are wondering about the various upcoming initiatives, such as the regulations in the world heritage fjords and Norwegian terms in Norwegian waters.

“The feedback from CLIA was very good. They appreciated being seen and heard”, says Hareide.

He adds that his hopes are that the meeting will help make them less anxious and more confident that Norway welcomes the cruise industry.

This was confirmed by Inge Tangerås, CEO of Cruise Norway. He couldn’t praise Hareide's contribution enough.

“This was extremely important to the nearly 40 representatives and decision-makers in CLIA. They got to meet a person of authority explaining Norwegian politics, listening to feedback and adopting their concerns for the work ahead. His message was very well received by the international cruise industry”, says Tangerås.

Meeting decision-makers

After the meeting, Hareide was invited to an extended gathering with representatives from the shipping companies and speakers from the conference.

“This was a unique chance to meet decision-makers from the majority of the industry gathered at one location”, said Hareide.

The meeting came together following joint efforts by Cruise Norway, Norwegian Maritime Exporters and the Norwegian Maritime Authority.

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