Agenda

Session one: Cruise itineraries and destination development
09:00 - 10:15
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Cruise Sector & City Tour Development Manager
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Vice President, Global Deployment & Itinerary Planning
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises
Senior Vice President, Stakeholders Department
Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce (Dubai Tourism)
Commercial Director
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Executive Director, Destination Management
MIRAL
Director, Strategic Itinerary & Destination Planning
Azamara Club Cruises
Director, Product & Customer Services
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

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Campfire Chat

  • Developing the region’s credentials as a mature cruise destination:  how Cruise Arabia can contribute to this process

With: Hamad M Bin Mejren, Senior Vice President, Stakeholders Department, Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism)     

Panel Discussion

  • What are the unique selling points of the region that will ensure it remains competitive as a winter cruise destination?
  • New destinations for the region and their importance for itinerary enrichment
  • How existing destinations are innovating
  • Expanding ex-Gulf itineraries to include India
  • Market opportunities in the Middle East for Independent cruise lines/brands operating smaller more traditional tonnage
Session two: The expanding source markets for Arabian cruise products
10:45 - 11:45
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Director
Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau
Senior Vice President Global Sales
Etihad Airways
Director, Global Cruise & Strategic Partnerships
Traveltek Group Ltd
Destination Director
Carnival Australia (representing Princess, Holland America Line, Seabourn & P&O Australia)
Head, Commercial Services
MSC Cruises

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Panel Discussion

  • An analysis of the principal source markets for cruise tourism in the region
  • The importance of air lift in the growth of the market
  • Potential for pre and post cruise product development
  • Cruise sales potential across the Middle East
  • Emerging source markets - can the Middle East tap into China/India/Australia?
Session three: Shorex development
12:00 - 13:00
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Head of Hala Abu Dhabi & Etihad Holidays
Etihad Airways
Port & Shore Excursion Operations Manager
Thomson Cruises (TUI Group)
Director, Port Operations, Shore Excursions & Ground Operations
TUI Cruises GmbH
Director, Shoreside Programmes
Silversea Cruises
Port Operations, Guests & Travel Services Director
Grupo Pullmantur
Cruise Manager
dnata

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Panel Discussion

As the range of shorex offerings in the region continues to develop, a panel of cruise line experts will provide their comments on how this crucial element of the region’s cruise offering can better reflect what the region has to offer.

Session four: Protecting passenger and crew health throughout cruise itineraries – overcoming the challenges
14:15 - 15:15
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Medical Director
Carnival UK
Senior Vice President, Technical & Regulatory Affairs
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
Fleet Medical Director
MSC Cruises
Environmental Health Officer & Assistant Deputy Chief
CDC Vessel Sanitation Program
Manager, Health Policy, Maritime Policy & Analysis
Carnival Corporation & plc

 

Speaker Presentations with Q&A

Protecting passenger and crew health throughout cruise itineraries is an operational imperative. Cruise line medical and public health professionals proactively confront emerging and persistent health risks on a continual basis. The panellists will discuss the cruise industry's leadership, teamwork and advancements in the context of preventing, responding to and mitigating the impacts of Norovirus and other health challenges.

MODERATOR: Bud Darr, SVP, Technical & Regulatory Affairs, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

Session five: Port and terminal infrastructure and the operating environment
15:30 - 16:30
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Manager - Cruise Business & Operations, Mina Rashid
DP World
Director of Directorate of Border Passports
General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs
Director, Doha & Ruwais Ports
Qatar Ports Management Company (MWANI)
Director, Marine Operations
Windstar Cruises
Director of Itinerary Planning and Fuel Management
Crystal Cruises
Director, Port Services & Government Affairs, P&O Cruises & Cunard
Carnival UK

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Panel Discussion

Cruise line port operations executives will provide their opinion on the major investment projects now taking shape in the region and how they can best aligned with the industry’s needs. They will also give their views on challenges from visa and immigration issues to infrastructure, the positioning costs for ships in the region, and operating cost comparisons with other regions.