CYPRUS. DP World Limassol (DPWL) is looking to tender licences for the management of duty free shops at its new cruise passenger terminal in Limassol, Cyprus.

A food and beverage unit is also available at the terminal, which opened this summer.

DPWL – owned by Dubai Ports – has built the terminal comprised of seven ‘shells’ to service the growing cruise market in the Mediterranean. According to the company, the duty free offer in this tender is located at Shell 7 of the terminal in an open-plan space.

DPWL will tender the licenses on its online platform called Buy World and interested parties are asked to contact the company directly on +357 25 858700 or by email at info@dpworldlimassol.com.

“Cyprus is a centre for tourism and trade across the Mediterranean Sea and beyond, and we are delighted to help develop its cruise capability.”–DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem

To be considered, bidders need to have:

  • At least three years experience
  • No direct or indirect relationship with “natural or legal” persons operating at DP World Limassol
  • A clean criminal record
  • The necessary licences and certifications to operate duty free premises.

The food and beverage tender is for a cafeteria at the passenger terminal.

Mediterranean home port ambitions

Limassol is a major destination in the Mediterranean for the cruise market and has the opportunity to be the first port of call for ships after transiting the Suez Canal, believes DPWL.

This year, Cyprus has seen a +10% growth in tourists compared to 2016 and according to DPWL “Limassol consistently ranks as a top destination for visitors, and cruise lines see DP World Limassol as an attractive call on their itineraries”. Callers this summer included TUI Cruises and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

DP World Limassol General Manager Charles Meaby says the company wants to help Limassol reach its potential to become a cruise ship home port

The new 24-hour passenger terminal at the port is designed to take advantage of its strategic location. It can accommodate the largest operating cruise vessels – there are three 400-metre berths – while its seven shells have an internal area of 7,000sq m to handle high volumes of passengers (over 2,000).

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem commented at the summer opening: “Cyprus is a centre for tourism and trade across the Mediterranean Sea and beyond, and we are delighted to help develop its cruise capability.”

DP World Limassol General Manager Charles Meaby added: “This is an exciting time for Limassol and Cyprus. DP World Limassol is focused on delivering a long-term legacy creating employment opportunities and helping Limassol reach its potential of becoming a fully-serviced home port for cruise ships.”

DP World Limassol was awarded a 25-year concession to exclusively operate the multi-purpose terminal in Limassol in April 2016. P&O Maritime, a DP World subsidiary, was also awarded a 15-year concession to exclusively provide the full range of marine services in the port.

The Limassol passenger terminal marks the third addition to DP World’s cruise terminal portfolio globally after operations in Mina Rashid, Dubai and Quinquela Martin, Argentina.

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