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Ecuador Begins Tourism Port Officer Program

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Ecuador has enacted amendments that enable former port operators to be transformed into law enforcement officers to ensure the safety of cruise ship tourists at Ecuador’s ports.

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Changes Socialize Port services by the Arrival of the Cruise Season

The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP), through the Secretary of Puerto socialized changes in rules governing port services, in what has to do with passengers arriving on cruise ships.

The event, held Thursday at the Port Authority of the city of Manta (Costa), was attended by tour operators, travel agents, tourist transport companies, representatives of port authorities and port concession system.

The aim is that the changes do not disrupt the activities of the new cruise season that starts in October.

The changes seek to turn the port operators in law firms that provide specialized technical services in order to reach an arrangement to ensure the safety of tourists.

Gabriela Villacres, product manager for Cruise Tourism Ministry, denied rumors that indicate that these measures affect the operation of the cruise hosting. “On the contrary, we are joining several institutions involved to ensure the development of cruise tourism in the country,” he said.

Government authorities receptaron the recommendations given by the agents and operators providing their services in Manta international cruise tourism.

The Ministry of Tourism reported that about 8,000 foreign tourists arrived in the cruise season 2011.

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