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Presentation

The Marseille-Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the City of Marseille and Marseille’s port authority, the GPMM, came together in 1996 to create the Marseille Provence Cruise Club to develop the cruise sector and establish Marseille as an industry hub.
That joint venture gave birth to active steps that have generated a real synergy between all the economic and institutional players in the local cruise market.

A key factor in increasing cruise traffic through the port, the efforts of the Marseille Provence Cruise Club have always been adapted to take into account sector’s constantly changing conditions and specific needs.

A federating force and instigator of a dynamic marketing strategy for the Marseille Provence area, the Marseille Provence Cruise Club is also a one-stop counter for all the industry’s professionals and acts as a mediator on a daily basis to ensure port calls go smoothly.

The association works daily to support and develop the cruise business in Marseille. To this end, numerous communication and promotional campaigns are carried out alongside other work designed to improve customer experience and follow up evaluation reports. For the Marseille Provence Cruise Club, ensuring operator and client satisfaction is a top priority.

 

Jean-François Suhas

Chairman of the Marseille Provence Cruise Club

Elected in January 2015 to replace Jacques Truau at the head of the Marseille Provence Cruise Club, Jean-François Suhas is a maritime pilot driver, having joined the Marseille-Fos Pilots’ Station in 1999 and been its general secretary since 2011.
As an elected member of the Marseille Provence CCI since 2011, he advises on port-related issues and is an established member of the Marseille Provence Cruise Club, having previously been its treasurer and vice-chairman.

Hailing for the Basque Country, and with a passion for the sea, Jean-François Suhas first discovered Marseille when studying at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Marseille. He then went on to criss-cross the world’s oceans on cruise ships, first on Croisière Paquet’s legendary Mermoz and later on the luxury 5-masted Club Med. After 10 years at sea, new family commitments brought him back to shore. He decided to drop anchor in Marseille, a city that had a deep impact on him.

“A pilot is in contact with a number of different sectors, allowing him to take on responsibilities in both the managerial and political fields” (the latter coming true in 2011, with his election to the CCI).
His aim at the Marseille Provence Cruise Club is to carry on the work of Jacques Truau that established the cruise business in Marseille Provence on a permanent basis.
He intends focussing on collective action, working alongside not only the Port, elected representatives and the CCI but also economic and tourism-industry stakeholders in Marseille and wherever the cruise industry’s influence is felt locally.
“The challenge is to explain to everybody the importance of this new customer pool, maintain Marseille as one of the Mediterranean’s top 5 cruise ports and to bring it into the top 10 cruise ports alongside the best in the world!”

Jacques Truau

Honorary Chairman of the Marseille Provence Cruise Club

Former maritime pilot and founder of the Marseille Provence Cruise Club in 1996, Jacques Truau was chairman of the Club until January 2015. In the almost 20 intervening years, Marseille Provence’s cruise sector has seen extraordinary growth, with the port in 2014 one of the top 5 in the Mediterranean.

A true visionary, Jacques Truau started campaigning for a cruise industry in Marseille as early as 1992. As a lone pioneer, Jacques Truau started the long and methodical process of persuading local stakeholders, whom he brought together to create the first Cruise Club. After having federated businesses around Marseille City Council, the Port of Marseille Authority and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he became a key figure in the local cruise sector.

To develop the business, he initiated numerous campaigns targeting the major cruise companies to convince them of Marseille’s potential as a strategic market place and major cruise hub.

In twenty years of steadfast commitment, the number of passengers passing through the port has been multiplied by 100, with 10 million cruise passengers visiting Marseille Provence. All this has been due to the energy, perseverance and courage of a man who managed to rally scores of business people and partners to his cause.

During his long career, Jacques Truau has been Chairman of the Marseille-Fos Pilots’ Association, Chairman of the Union of Port Authorities and Maritime Chambers of Commerce, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the GPMM (Marseille’s port authority) and received the Légion d’Honneur in 2002.

In recognition of his personal commitment to and achievements in the development of the cruise industry in Marseille, and further to a motion put forward by the new Chairman, the Board of Directors has named Jacques Truau Honorary Chairman of the Marseille Provence Cruise Club.

 

Events

As part of its work to promote the cruise sector, the Marseille Provence Cruise Club takes part in a number of industry exhibitions, either trade-only or open to the public, both in France and overseas, including Seatrade Med, Mahana Lyon and the International Tourism Show.

On the international scene, the Marseille Provence Cruise Club works towards enhancing Marseille’s profile, organizing visits to Marseille for cruise ship owners. It also carries out marketing campaigns targeting cruise operators and manages day-to-day marketing.
On the domestic market, the Marseille Provence Cruise Club’s main work focuses on information and awareness campaigns about the cruise offer available in Marseille and aimed at travel agencies and students in tourism.

Each year, the Marseille Provence Cruise Club organizes the Top Cruise business convention, a major event that brings together the stakeholders responsible for the extraordinary growth and expansion of the local cruise industry.

Top Cruise provides travel agencies from all over France a chance to discover the latest products on offer from the cruise operators exhibiting at the show and to catch up on the latest news including new offers, new vessels, the latest on-board attractions and route options.

It is the perfect occasion for sector professionals to obtain information, hone their skills, exchange views and create new business opportunities in a booming market.





Attractiveness of the Port of Marseille Provence

With all the major international cruise companies located here, and as France’s no.1 boarding port and the Mediterranean’s no.5 cruise port, Marseille Provence offers a wide range of cruise options for all tastes and means.

Today, in 2017, Marseille Provence has an extensive catalogue of varied cruises : Mediterranean, South America, Africa, Caribbean, North Europe and even round-the-world.


Port facilities are being upgraded continually to provide cruise passengers and companies with the best quality services.


  • 1.6
    1.6

    million passengers in 2016

  • 5
    5

    Mediterranean’s no. 5 cruise port

  • 460
    460

    port calls scheduled for 2017