These are exciting times for the future of cruise in the Middle East.
With cruise lines planning new deployments to the region and the destination itself maturing, Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum 2017 will draw together key regional and industry stakeholders to review recent successes and discuss strategic goals in order to create a sustainable business and prepare for the future.
The full conference programme will be announced shortly, which will include focus on the following topics:
- Extension of the season - can cruise lines be tempted to start their Gulf seasons earlier and finish later, what is needed to make this change?
- The link with India - Expanding itineraries to the Indian sub-continent and promoting Cruise Arabia to the Indian consumer.
- Extending the reach - Are there fresh ideas for new destinations? Is Kuwait an option? Day excursions from Bahrain into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
- Ports and destination development within the Gulf – What is planned in existing cruise ports and where next?
- Landside and tour operations - Improving the range and appeal of shorex offerings.
- Itinerary planning - Pressures and opportunities.
- The Suez Canal factor - Integral for ships deploying to and from the Middle East, a discussion on tariffs, security and operational issues.
- New ideas for marketing cruising - Both within the region and further afield.
- Chinese tourism - Potential for Chinese inbound cruise tourism in years to come and what Chinese consumers will be looking for from the region?
- Taking care of the crew - How should ports respond to the needs of the crew?
- In-bound/outbound operations - Air lift, passenger handling, security, immigration and customs – is the chain working and how can it be improved?
- Ship support services - A look at drydocking, repair, ship supply and port services infrastructure across the region.