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In Focus: Seatrade Cruise Asia

Influential industry figures join Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific keynote panel

Left to right: Hervé Gastinel, Michael Goh, Bert Hernandez, and Shoichiro Yamashita
The leading industry figures participating in the 2023 State of the Asia Pacific Cruise Industry Keynote panel in Hong Kong next month during Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific (October 24-26) have been revealed.

They are Hervé Gastinel, CEO, Ponant; Michael Goh, president, Resorts World Cruises; Bert Hernandez, SVP international, Royal Caribbean International; and Shoichiro Yamashita, head of cruise business unit, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. 

Inspired by the conference theme ‘Rebuilding Asia Cruising Together,’ the discussion will set the stage for a two-track programme of dynamic panels and sessions taking place over two days at the JW Marriott Hong Kong. 

Mary Bond, group portfolio director for Seatrade Cruise, will lead the dialogue with international and regional cruise industry leaders to delve into the revival of Asian cruising. The conversation will explore collaborative strategies to propel the industry forward, fostering renewed traveller interest and sharing best practices for a seamless restart, including inter-destination cooperation and contingency planning.

The panel will take place on October 25 from 9am-10:30am. 

Registration for the event is open, offering flexible options, and those who register by September 22 can take advantage of early bird pricing. 

 Back after four years

The conference, supported by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, is back after a four-year hiatus. Chiara Giorgi, global brand and event director for Seatrade Cruise, explained, ‘Collaboration plays a key role in continuing the cruise momentum in the Asia region, and Seatrade is excited to be back in Hong Kong with dedicated programming and networking opportunities designed to spark ideas and create new synergies. 

‘From discussing lessons learnt from the restart, sustainable infrastructure, and talent recruitment to overall strategies for getting Asia back on the map for international cruisers, our robust programme offers much to learn, share and discover.’ 

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