The late Rebbapragada, a long-time Royal Caribbean executive with a legion of friends and associates throughout the business, was instrumental in creating awareness about the potential of the Asia-Pacific cruise market. He also served as founding chairman of the Asia Cruise Association.
The award recognizes someone who has played a significant role in developing the cruise industry in the region. The first recipient, in 2013, was Ong Huey Hong, director-cruising, Singapore Tourism Board.
Information about nominations, due by Oct. 15, is here.
This year's award will be presented by Rebbapragada's friend and colleague, Zinan Liu, vp China and Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific will be held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.