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Australian Cruise Association’s September conference in doubt

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Jill Abel said a decision on whether to hold the conference in September or November will be made by July 30
Jill Abel, CEO of the Australian Cruise Association, has raised doubts about this year’s annual conference and annual general meeting in Townsville September 8-10.

Abel said the current lockdowns in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are a concern, with the majority of speakers coming from Sydney — Royal Caribbean International’s Gavin Smith, Carnival Australia’s Sture Myrmell and Princess Cruises’ Stuart Allison. The lockdowns also impact members from around the country intending to attend.

July 30 deadline

She said the ACA committee will continue to monitor the situation and will make a final decision about continuing with the September dates by July 30.

‘This falls in line with the next NSW lockdown update,’ she said.

‘We are definitely committed to holding the conference this year so that we can keep the conversations and energy going towards restarting the industry and supporting all the tourism and  transport businesses around the country.

Contingency plan

‘In the event that the September dates are not feasible, we have developed a contingency plan for the conference to be postponed to the alternate dates of November 10-12 which can accommodate all of our existing programming plans.’ 

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