Matthias Rieger appointed new managing director of Hamburg Cruise Center

AUGUST 07, 2015

Hamburg, 7 August 2015 – Hamburg Cruise Center (HCC), the marketing initiative for the cruise destination Hamburg, has appointed Matthias Rieger as its new managing director with effect from 1 August 2015. Mr Rieger takes over the post from his predecessor Nadine Maraschi (née Palatz) and possesses longstanding experience of the Hamburg tourist industry.

Dr. Behn presented the new managing director to the association members at the mid-season HCC event on 29 July 2015. “In appointing Matthias Rieger as head of HCC we have succeeded in gaining an acknowledged expert with longstanding experience not only on the purchasing side, but also the organisational side of the tourist industry and with industrial, political and administrative contacts. As such we have an excellent successor to Nadine Maraschi, who will be sorely missed; not least thanks to the outstanding service she rendered in developing Hamburg into one of the most significant European cruise ports.”

Rieger headed the CCH Congress Organisation for many years and was latterly managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB). Within the scope of this position he was also active internationally and coordinated, for example, German community stands at trade fairs all over the world. Commenting on his new post, Matthias Rieger said that he “was looking forward to forging ahead with the successful HCC concept for marketing the destination and consolidating the interests of the 120 plus members. Together we aim to further expand cruise business in Hamburg.”

Encompassing 125 stakeholders from tourism, the port, industry, cruise business and politics, the HCC mid-season event held at Cruise Terminal 1 in HafenCity, duly acknowledged the departure of Nadine Maraschi, who worked successfully for many years at HCC. Mrs Maraschi will remain active in both the cruise industry and the Hanseatic city of Hamburg after moving to her new position as Liaison Manager Northern Germany at MSC Cruises. “From its modest origins as a 2-to-3-year pilot project with a membership of just 20, Hamburg Cruise Center has developed into a key player with over 120 members and is today a true beacon of success in terms of cruising in Hamburg,” said Nadine Maraschi in her farewell speech.

In the wake of a record year in 2014 that embraced 189 port visits, 589,000 passengers and 23 cruise lines with a total of 34 ships calling to Hamburg, the first six months of 2015 has promptly set a further record. In May 2015 the cruise terminals in Hamburg processed 120,257 passengers during 37 port visits; a 15.5 percent rise against May 2014 (104,143 passengers). Even more amazing is the fact that back in 2009 this figure constituted the passenger volume for the entire year. This shows what the destination Hamburg is now able to achieve when all partners work together.

Hamburg Cruise Center is the public-private partnership organisation responsible for internationally marketing the cruise destination Hamburg. Currently consolidating the interests of around 125 members from across the cruise industry supply chain, the association provides these members with a meaningful common platform. On behalf of the Hamburg Ministry of Economy, Transport and Innovation, the association also operates the Cruise Office, whose aim it is to network all stakeholders in the city.