This year's conference gets under way with a welcome cocktail party hosted by Fremantle Ports staff and ceo Kerry Sanderson.
Speakers include Professor Ross Dowling, Foundation Professor and Head of Tourism at WA's Edith Cowan University, whose topic is 'Cruise Tourism - Growth, Markets and Issues.'
Tourism Australia's director-Australasia Andrew McEvoy will discuss 'Marketing Australia As A Key Cruise Destination' and current port issues will be covered by John Hirst, ceo of the Association of Australian Ports and Marine Authorities Incorporated (AAPMA).
Grant Hunter, who opened an office in Sydney for Classic International Cruises in May 2004 in the leadup to Funchal's arrival in WA on December 30 last year for her inaugural three-month cruise season, will give the keynote address, 'Establishing A Cruise Line in Fremantle.'
As earlier reported, another keynote speaker is Captain Cook Cruises founder and executive chairman, Trevor Haworth, whose topic is 'Establishing A Successful Australian Cruise Line.'