The Australian Cruise Association has announced that it will hold its 20th anniversary conference in Sydney from September 7-9, 2016.
CEO, Jill Abel said “On the back of an exciting time for the cruise industry, we are delighted to continue the momentum by announcing this major event which will celebrate our members who play a key role in this $3.3B industry.”
The Association represents the interests of a broad cross section of the cruise industry including regional ports, national and state tourism agencies, shipping agents, security contractors, provedores, inbound tour operators and companies dedicated to making the region a major world class base and destination for cruise vessels.
“We want to recognise the vital role our members play as the unsung heroes behind the scenes of this amazingly powerful industry. We will help them grow in this role by providing them with rich information and new insights from the speakers while also allowing them the opportunity to network with some of the major players on the global stage” continued Abel.
The venue for the 2 ½ day conference, which was highly contested, will be the Four Seasons Hotel on George Street, chosen in the main due to its close proximity to the Overseas Passenger Terminal and the Harbour where the hospitality events, while still to be confirmed, will certainly be based.
The event sponsored by the Port Authority of NSW and Destination NSW will include both plenary and workshop sessions which will explore a range of topics critical to the future of the burgeoning cruise industry.
Keynote speakers, some of whom will be drawn from the international cruise markets, will offer delegates an insight into this continuously expanding and highly competitive market segment.
Registrations will be taken online starting from May 2016.
This will be the first time that the conference has been held under the new name of the Australian Cruise Association whose objective is to promote the Australian and Pacific region as a fast growing international cruise destination, with a strong economy and source market that offers an extensive range of experiences – both on and off shore.