We were the only NGO taking part at the Cartagena Cruise Dialogue 2020, where we presented our research “The Venice Paradox” about the negative impacts of cruise ship tourism in Venice. We are now publishing an open-access handbook on our poster campaign against large cruise ships. It is designed as a guide for other community groups around the world.
Several other port cities are already using the handbook to create their own campaigns to build awareness and resistance to the damaging expansion of the cruise industry into the places we live and love.
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we analysed the responsiveness of the cruise sector to the health risks, relative to profitability threats. Our findings are based on a study of a select few cruises that were set to affect the security of Venice.
We are frequently approached by journalists seeking reliable information and insight into the challenges facing Venice. November’s floods and the hard fought campaign around December’s referendum meant that Venice was never far from the headlines and we gave interviews to the BBC World Service, CNN, The Times and CBC. We have been in touch with journalists from all over Europe, the Middle East, Canada, the US and the UK among many others, and our work was also featured by a range of specialist platforms like Skift, The Verge and Politico.