We want to be able to define the challenges, get to the core of issues and be a worthy partner to the industry - the agents, operators, as well as port authorities and tourism boards.
SINGAPORE – Cruise tourism experts are expected to gather at CruiseWorld Asia 2019 in Singapore on Thursday (Nov 28) to outline the industry’s outlook and next phase of growth.
Into its third edition, the dedicated cruise conference organised by Travel Weekly Asia is being held at Orchard Hotel Singapore.
“Travel Weekly Asia is committed to be at the forefront of changing trends,” says Irene Chua, vice president & group publisher, Asia, Northstar Travel Group, the parent company of Travel Weekly Asia.
“We want to be able to define the challenges, get to the core of issues and be a worthy partner to the industry - the agents, operators, as well as port authorities and tourism boards.”
Themed “Unlock the next phase of growth in Asia’s cruise tourism”, the one-day programme will feature key presentations and discussions by industry leaders and authorities as well as exhibitor showcases, followed by ship inspections on the following days.
Setting the agenda for the conference is Web In Travel’s founder and managing director Yeoh Siew Hoon with a presentation on “Travel and cruising in 2020 and beyond”.
Attendees are also expected to hear from cruise industry veterans Angie Stephen, managing director, Asia Pacific, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Michael Goh, president, Dream Cruises, & head of international sales, Genting Cruise Lines will also be sharing industry perspectives, and sharing their companies’ strategies and expansion plans.
Another topic offering a peek into the future is “Surviving the waves of disruption in the next decade”, where seasoned travel agents unveil their tactics for surviving beyond 2020.
Port and destination representatives, crucial partners in the cruise experience, are also slated to provide insights.
Attendees will hear from a panel comprising Jeannie Lim, assistant chief executive, policy and planning group, Singapore Tourism Board; Pham Van Hiep, managing director, Ha Long International Cruise Port; Ooi Chok Yan, CEO, Penang Global Tourism; and Rizki Handayani, director, Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry.
CruiseWorld Asia, an annual cruise conference organised by Travel Weekly Asia launched in 2017, has been organised in North America for a decade, managed by parent company Northstar Travel Group.
The event was also launched in China in 2015 as CruiseWorld China, with two editions held annually.