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2019 Asia-Pacific Cruise Economists 50 Forum Activity Plan
13:00 - 17:00

Closed door government session for senior cruise lines and government officials - invitation only

17:00 - 18:00 Level 1 Delta Hotels by Marriott Baoshan (Shanghai)
Registration & Welcome Tea and Coffee
08:00 - 09:00 Level 1 Delta Hotels by Marriott Baoshan (Shanghai)
Registration & Welcome Tea and Coffee
08:15 - 09:00 Level 1 Delta Hotels by Marriott


International Cruise Research Alliance Summit
09:00 - 11:00 Main Stage
Cruise Talent Education Alliance Summit
11:30 - 12:30 Main Stage
VIP Exhibition Tour & Entrance
14:00 - 14:15
Opening Ceremony
14:15 - 15:00 Main Stage
Opening Speech

Session features addresses by Chinese government officials and the launch of the Report on China's Cruise Industry 2019 (Green Book). 


State of the Asia-Pacific Cruise Industry
15:00 - 16:30 Main Stage
Panel Discussion
President and CEO
Carnival Corporation & plc
Executive Chairman
MSC Cruises
The Development of the Cruise Supply Chain in China
16:45 - 18:00 Main Stage
How China as an Asian Cruise Hub is Helping to Improve Regional Cruising
09:00 - 10:00 Main Stage
Panel Discussion
Asia-Pacific Source Markets – How are They Trending, What are the Issues, What is the Future?
10:30 - 12:30 Main Stage
CHART Management Consultants

The Asia-Pacific regions represent a huge set of source market opportunities. During the session, we get up and close on them all. First, we examine the development in Mainland China, the biggest source market in Asia and world No. 2, to discover how the cruise community plans to re-stimulate the market. Moving on, our experts discuss how the second-tier source markets - Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong – can increase their market share and penetration. Then we turn our focus to Australia and New Zealand, two markets that have experienced major development and still promise exciting growth (Australia’s penetration is the highest of all major source markets globally). Finally, at the end of the session we examine the growth of the new rising source markets: India and Malaysia – 6th and 7th ranked in Asia. Both markets are expected to grow strongly in the immediate future.

The session will cover four parts: 

  • Part I – How and when mainland China will rebound and what it will take
  • Part II - How Taiwan, Japan, Singapore & Hong Kong will increase their market shares
  • Part III – What Asian markets can learn from the success of Australia & New Zealand
  • Part IV - The rise of sleeping source markets: India & Malaysia

Session Moderator: Ted BLAMEY, Principal, CHART Management Consultants

An Update on China’s Cruise Shipbuilding and Repair Sector
13:30 - 14:45 Main Stage

Albeit the recent negative growth on China’s cruise market, the country’s shipbuilding scene is going from strength to strength thanks to the growing global cruise market. Current orderbook suggests 6 ships will be delivered by Chinese yards with SunStone’s Greg Mortimer being delivered this Aug. As the market is looking for more diverse products it is expected that Chinese yards could build up to 15 cruise ships a year by 2030. The future seems bright, however there are still challenges that stand in the way.

The Strategy Behind Ship Financing & Planning
15:00 - 16:00 Main Stage


Workshop: The Strategic Management of the Relationship Between Cruise Lines, Cruise Terminals and Suppliers
09:00 - 11:00 Theatre 1
Workshop: The Development of Land-Based Activities at Destinations
11:30 - 12:30 Theatre 1
Innovation in the Cruise Industry
10:30 - 12:30 Theatre 1
Trends in Asia Deployment
13:30 - 14:45 Theatre 1
CHART Management Consultants

Deployment in Asia is constantly evolving. While some ships have been relocated from East Asia, others are being built to operate there. New destinations are being introduced while some ports are seeing fewer calls. Itinerary developments are ongoing but challenged by short cruise preferences. Yet capacity grows and the region has exciting prospects.
Join the session to explore recent trends in capacity, itineraries, ports and destinations and discover what the future will hold.

This session will cover two parts: 

  • Part I - Ships and Capacity
    What explains recent developments? What will be the trend in cruise capacity deployed in Asia? Will smaller luxury and expedition ships become more prominent in the mix versus the large and mega ships?
  • Part II - Ports, Itineraries and Destinations
    How is homeport activity in Asia influenced by seasonal weather patterns?  What are the prospects for more turnarounds in ports that so far have few (such as Russia, Korea and the Philippines)? Can northern ports attract turnarounds in colder months. How will Itineraries change as the Asian markets mature and develop? Will we see longer cruises and thus more diverse destinations? What countries will become the hot new destinations?

Session Moderator: Ted BLAMEY, Principal, CHART Management Consultants

Update on Asia Port Infrastructure – What’s New and What’s Improved
15:00 - 17:00 Theatre1
Chief Commercial Officer
Global Ports Holding

Session Moderator: Mark ROBINSON, CCO, Global Ports Holding


Port and Vessel Operational Challenges & Management
09:00 - 12:30 Theatre 2

**Session includes 30min break from 11:00-11:30**

Travel Agent Training provided by CLIA
09:00 - 14:00 Theatre 2


FAM Trips
09:00 - 16:00
Extra Activity

Available for pre-registered delegates to attend.

Networking Reception & Opportunity to Visit Exhibitors
18:00 - 19:00 Delta Hotels by Marriott Baoshan (Shanghai)
Extra Activity
Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific 2019 Welcome Remarks & Dinner
19:00 - 21:00 Delta Hotels by Marriott Baoshan (Shanghai)
Extra Activity
Networking Reception with Exhibitors & Evening Activity
18:00 - 22:00
Extra Activity