The State of the Industry session sees Colin Au, President, Genting Hong Kong; Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International; Arnold Donald President and CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc. and Pierfrancesco Vago Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises taking the stage to discuss not only the current position of the Asian market but also challenges facing the region and next steps for ensuring sustainable growth.
The rest of the conference programme will provide a unique opportunity to delve into individual trends and sectors across several key areas of the Asian cruise market.
How China as an Asian Cruise Hub is Helping to Improve Regional Cruising sees Mary Bond, Group Director Seatrade Cruise moderate a a line up of Cherry Wang, VP and GM, Princess Cruises China, Dr Zinan Liu, President of China and North Asia, Royal Caribbean International, Kenneth Wong, GM, MICE and Cruise, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Yang Guobing, Chairman, CCTD (CSSC Cruise Technology Development Co., Ltd), Mario Zanetti, President, Costa Group Asia, Kent Fuming Zhu, President, Genting Cruise Lines and Helen Huang, President Greater China, MSC Cruises, share insights into how China energises regional cruising and discuss what the future holds.
Update on China’s shipbuilding and shiprepair industries
Greg Mortimer the first cruise ship to be built by a Chinese yard was delivered this year and there are nine more cruise ships on order at Chinese yards for delivery between 2020 and 2024. As the market is looking for more diverse products it is expected that Chinese yards could build up to 15 cruise ships a year by 2030. The future seems bright, however there are still challenges that stand in the way.
Trends in Asia deployment
Moderated by Ted Blamey, Principal, CHART Management Consultants the Trends in Asian Deployment session explores recent developments in capacity including expedition and luxury cruising as well as trends in ports and destinations and itineraries.
Matching infrastructure to future growth
The Asia Port Infrastructure - What's New and What's Improved? Session showcases infrastructure investment both in China, Japan and other countries across the region in shaping requirements for today and in the future.
Asia-Pacific source markets
Asia-Pacific Source Markets – How are They Trending, What are the Issues, What is the Future? is a session which delves into the huge set of source market opportunities in Asia Pacific including mainland China, the biggest source market in Asia and world number two plus Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
The Strategy Behind Ship Financing and Planning, chaired by industry expert Martin Springer of Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services, will pinpoint the key processes and strategy when buying and operating a ship in China by inviting S&P broker, ship owner, local leasing companies and banks, law firms and yards to share their expertise.
There are also two new workshops at this years event: Development of Land Based Activities at Destinations led by Alvin Materi, Director, Cruise Asia, Destination Asia and the Strategic Management of the Relationship among Cruise Lines, Cruise Terminals and Ports, and Service Providers moderated by Mark Robinson, CCO, Global Ports Holding.
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