E-services and positioning of passenger ports in the context of cruise tourism promotion

Andriela Vitić-Ćetković, Sanja Bauk

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The paper positions the passenger sea ports in the context of cruise tourism on the basis of e-services they offer. The e-services of eleven passenger ports are categorized and then quantitatively evaluated by binary and ranking approaches. In general, the port e-services might be categorized according to their functionality as navigational, ship and passenger-related ones, logistics, business, marketing, entertainment, security, safety, environmental, etc. These services can be bidirectional informational and/or transactional. In this paper, only those port e-services related directly to the passengers’ needs, within the frame of cruise tourism, are taken into consideration and categorized as core, or as value-added ones, and as informational and/or transactional ones. Then, each of them is assigned an appropriate binary value (0/1), depending on whether the considered passenger port offers the related e-service or not. These values are employed in the evaluation of the analyzed passenger port e-services offered, and as a base for their positioning. The appropriate weights coefficients, obtained by ranking (Saaty method), were used in the process of the considered port final positioning on the cruise tourism e-market. Some additional analyses and recommendations in the direction of further positioning and promotion of the port of Kotor (Montenegro), as rising cruise tourism port (destination), are given as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-93
Number of pages11
JournalPromet - Traffic - Traffico
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cruise port’s positioning
  • Cruise tourism
  • E-services
  • Saaty method
  • Service marketing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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