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"Bigger can do more" – a popular phrase from the past is being replaced with "Smarter can get more. And can do better."
There was some suggestion at the beginning of 2012 that the year showed more promise than had been seen in 2011.
Despite the global economic slowdown, it looks as though in 2013 the Baltic Sea region will remain a desired destination among tourists, with more than 600,000 estimated unique passengers, embarking on the Baltic cruises alone, and more than 70 ships operated by 42 companies making over 400 round trips.
What lies in store for one of the busiest maritime areas in the world? How will the projected growth in multiple sectors evolve and be managed over the coming decades in light of increased competition for limited space and resources? How will businesses, governments, and other “users” of the Baltic Sea be affected? Who will ‘win’ and who will ‘lose’? And how will the choices we make today influence our own future as well as the future of the Baltic Sea itself?