Participating ports and destinations pitted their newest and best features to a judging panel of cruise line executives featuring Zeljka Galik Cimic, product development manager, ocean cruises at Scenic Cruises, Emilio Freeman, VP destination, revenue management, SeaDream Yacht Club and Janina Graf, contracting manager, TUI Cruises, each gave scores based on quality of presentation, unique features and the delivery of the presentation.
Guests judges from the audience also participated in the session described by Seatrade Cruise group director Mary Bond as a ‘bit of fun and a chance to learn.’
Similar to the first Lightning Pitch at Seatrade Europe 2017 representatives from 13 ports and destinations from across the world presented their product inside 90 seconds using just one slide.
A taste of the Caribbean
Colin James from Antigua and Barbuda port engaged the audience with a flavour of Caribbean charm, focusing on the ports’ ability to accommodate Quantum Class vessels following a major port upgrade. The country has worked hard to put the community on the cruise map and offers a range of enticing World UNESCO sites, including a rainforest experience just one of the up and coming destinations on offer from the Caribbean.
Charles Carvalho and Eleanor Rae from Cox & Company enticed the audience with a presentation of Glittering Sands, a new beach and facilities shore excursion for cruise passengers located on St Lucia’s West Coast just a short distance from the main cruise port.
Taking a dive
Intercruises director Mediterranean, Virginia Quintairos, presented its new range of Croatian excursions utilising its own catamaran which has been operating in Dubrovnik since early June.
Following the pitches session moderator Bond asked the judges if they had learnt anything from the session? Galik Cimic said: ‘Every single pitch succeeded in presenting their best points and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt from it.’