The symposium is co-hosted by the CruiseMaine Coalition, the Maine Port Authority and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Wednesday's program includes opening comments by David Cole, commissioner for the Maine Department of Transportation and chair of the Maine Port Authority, and Vaughn Stinson, executive director of the Maine Tourism Association. Environmental issues will be addressed by Michael Crye, president of the International Council of Cruise Lines, and Capt. L. N. Schwoengerdt of Holland America Line. Craig Milan, svp guest port services for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., will discuss shore excursions, while trends in small-ship cruising is the topic of Charles Robertson, president of American Cruise Lines.
E-marketing authority Nick Dragash will address how to market a destination to travel agents, and itinerary consultant Rick Strunck will examine how new Eastern Seaboard homeports are impacting the region and what cruise lines consider when exploring new geographical markets. Tom Anderson of Destination Canada/New England will discuss how destinations can be packaged from the shore excursion perspective.
Thursday's session begins with a talk on Acadia National Park by park superintendent Sheridan Steele. Cruise line pricing and planning will be the focus of Michael Pawlus, vp pricing and planning for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. Best tourism management practices will be shared by Lorene Palmer, president and ceo of the Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Mark O'Malley, captain of the port for the US Coast Guard, then explains new security regulations, and BEA International's Larry Levis covers terminal design considerations. The impact of New York's port development on Canada/New England will be explored by Mark Ittel of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners. All symposium speakers will join for a roundtable on regional industry trends.
The gathering concludes with a presentation by next year's hosts, the Port of Halifax and Atlantic Canada Cruise Association. Conference details are at www.cruisemaineusa.com.