The Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port, the Hon Vijay Daryanani MP held a meeting in Gibraltar with Mr Matt Grimes, Vice President of Maritime Operations for Viking and the Chairman of Viking Mr Torstein Hagen.

The meeting took place on board the Viking Venus, Viking’s newest ocean ship, which was on a technical call to Gibraltar. Mr Grimes and Mr Hagen flew into Gibraltar to join the ship and to meet with Minister Daryanani, who also went on a tour of the ship. Minister Daryanani also saw the excellent full-scale PCR laboratory on board the ship, providing a comprehensive testing facility for COVID 19. Viking is committed to total safety on board for passengers and have impressive measures on board to ensure this.

Mr Grimes said; “I’m delighted to be in Gibraltar to meet Minister Daryanani and to join our newest ship, Viking Venus. I’ve been speaking virtually with Minister Daryanani now for several weeks, discussing possibilities for Gibraltar and it is a pleasure to be here and to meet him in person.

Minister Daryanani said, “It’s great to have one of my first face to face meetings this year with executives from the cruise industry and in particular with Matt, as I have been in contact with him on video calls for the last few weeks. It was also an honour to meet the Chairman of Viking, Torstein Hagen. I talked to Mr Grimes and Mr Hagen about Viking’s role in the resumption of cruise services and I have explained the protocols we have in place. I have also highlighted the success of our vaccination programme, thanks to the UK Government and the management of the pandemic here. I’m heavily committed to the cruise industry and this meeting is just one facet of the hard work I am carrying out to ensure the successful return of this important element of our tourism sector.