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Sarina Bratton keynote speaker at New Zealand Cruise Association’s 2022 conference

Sarina Bratton will speak about Ponant’s return to New Zealand
Ponant Asia Pacific Chairman Sarina Bratton will be a keynote speaker at the New Zealand Cruise Association’s 2022 annual conference in Auckland on August 18.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the conference has been cancelled for the last two years.

Cruise Lines International Association Australasia MD Joel Katz and the Australian Cruise Association’s CEO Jill Abel will also take centre stage.

‘We are all very much looking forward to finally coming face-to-face and we can’t wait to see everyone in Auckland,’ NZCA chairman Debbie Summers said.

‘Panel discussions are sure to be lively and include some provocative and challenging hot topics,’ Summers said.

Ponant’s return

Bratton describes New Zealand as ‘a land of great tourism opportunity’ and will speak about ‘Our Journey Back to New Zealand.’

Ponant returns there when Le Soléal arrives in Auckland from Noumea on December 2. She sails that day on a 13-day ‘Natural Treasures of New Zealand’ voyage to Dunedin, calling at Tauranga, Gisborne, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Kaikoura and Akaroa and cruises Doubtful and Milford Sounds.

Stringent health protocols

Addressing ‘Cruising for Health and Sustainability,’ Katz will explain how the cruise industry’s worldwide focus on science-based health measures have resulted in lower rates of serious illness and hospitalisation than on land.

Two neighbours

‘A Tale of Two Neighbours’ is Abel’s topic and she will focus on the importance of New Zealand and Australia working together as a region to grow cruise.

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