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Registration & Welcome Tea and Coffee
08:15 - 09:00 Level 1 Delta Hotels by Marriott


How China as an Asian Cruise Hub is Helping to Improve Regional Cruising
09:00 - 10:00 Main Stage
Panel Discussion
General Manager, MICE & Cruise / Regional Director, Europe
Hong Kong Tourism Board
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
Mitsui OSK Passenger Line Limited

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
Segment Sales General Manager Cruise
Global Marine Director
United Technologies
Managing Director
Schulte Marine Concept

Sponsored by:

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
Managing Director
Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG


Innovation in the Cruise Industry
10:30 - 12:30 Theatre 1
Trends in Asia Deployment
13:30 - 14:45 Theatre 1
CHART Management Consultants
Vice President, Destinations and Revenue Management
SeaDream Yacht Club
Managing Director
Cruise Lines International Association Australasia
Chief Executive Officer
Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd
Vladivostok Sea Terminal LLC

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
Managing Director, Ship Agency
Wallem Group
Senior Advisor
Solaire Cruise Center
Chief Commercial Officer
Global Ports Holding

Sponsored by:

Session Moderator: Mark ROBINSON, CCO, Global Ports Holding


Travel Agent Training provided by CLIA
09:00 - 14:00 Theatre 2
Head of International Training & Development
Cruise Lines International Association

This travel agent education workshop will reveal the latest Chinese cruise and passenger research that has been published in the past 5 years and demonstrate how you can successfully use this data in the real world of cruise sales. You will understand how the cruise industry is evolving with technology, and gain insight to ways you can use this information to ensure you are in the best position to make cruise sales a profitable business.