THE INAUGURAL Cruise Shipping Asia, which runs from November 16-18 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre (TTG Asia e-Daily, June 13), has released its preliminary conference agenda.
The conference opens on November 16 with a panel discussion on the State of the Asian Cruise Industry with Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line; Michael Bayley, executive vice president, International, Royal Caribbean Cruises; Roberto Giorgi, president of V. Ships; and Neil Palomba, COO of MSC Cruises.
Participating in the afternoon’s Destinations: Challenges and Opportunities in the Development of the Cruise Industry panel discussion are Ted Blamey, principal of Chart Management Consultants; Made Mangku Pastika, governor of Bali; Sapta Nirwandar, director general of tourism marketing, Indonesia Ministry of Culture and Tourism; and Richard Doyle, managing director of Doyle Tourism Services.
On the morning of November 17, sessions to be held include Ship Building, Repair and Refurbishment—The Asian Perspective and Terminal Design & Operations, with panelists Bruce Krumrine, vice president shore operations for Europe and exotics for Princess Cruises; and Mark Robinson, managing director of Intercruises.
This will be followed by the afternoon sessions Sourcing in Asia for the Existing and Future Fleets and The Regulatory Environment and Crewing.
The last day of the conference will open with Marketing in the New Age, moderated by Yeoh Siew Hoon, editor and producer of Web In Travel. Shore Excursions & Port Services, running concurrently, will be moderated by Ted Blamey of Chart Management Consultants and panelist Laura Vlad, regional director for Asia, Intercruises.
The final conference sessions are Identifying Source Markets with Michael Goh, senior vice president of sales for Star Cruises, and Successfully Designing the Cruise Experience for the Asian Market, moderated by Yeoh Siew Hoon, and with panelists Liu Zinan, managing director of China & Asia Pacific, Royal Caribbean Cruises; Steve Odell, senior vice president, Asia-Pacific for Silversea Cruises; and Dario Rustico of Costa Crociere.