MANILA – A European cruise company reiterated its commitment to employ more Filipino workers and help turn the Philippines into a popular cruise destination.
Costa Crociere chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pier Luigi Foschi made the statement after a courtesy call on President Arroyo in Malacanang Palace.
With Magsaysay Maritime Corporation as its manning agent in the Philippines, 80% of Costa Crociere’s workforce is composed of Filipino professionals. Together with its other brands—AIDA Cruises and Iberocruceros, the Costa Crociere group employs more than 8,000 Filipino crew on board.
The international firm is Europe’s No.1 cruise company with more than 60-years of maritime passenger service experience.
Aside from hiring more Filipino workers, Foschi said they will also work to make the Philippines a popular cruise destination with three of its 14 cruise ships making regular calls to Manila bringing over 22,000 foreign tourists.