Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific 2014, Hong Kong
Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific
November 20-21, 2014
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
The 4th edition of Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific came to a close in Hong Kong on 21 November, concluding that the pan-Asian region has established its place as both an exciting and prosperous market within the industry.
Attendee numbers exceeded 1,100 for the world's only annual event focused on the entire Asia-Pacific cruise market. Forty-seven exhibitors from across the globe descended to showcase their products and demonstrate innovations on the exhibition floor; from cruise ports to tour organisers, all relevant segments of the cruise value chain were represented.
The State of the Cruise Industry in Asia session opened the 2014 edition of Cruise Shipping Asia Pacific. Delegates heard how the number of passengers from Asia cruising this year is expected to be 1.7m, rising to 2.1m in 2015. Further optimism for a rise in passengers came from Zinan Liu, chairman of the recently formed CLIA North Asia and vice president, China and Asia for Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, with a projection that growth could reach between 3.1m and 6.6m cruise passengers by 2020. Genting Hong Kong EVP for Marine Operations and Shipbuilding, Michael Hackman, suggested this could be higher; with as many as 8m passengers expected by 2020.
Ports and infrastructure development across the region was praised and recognized for moving in the right direction. John Tercek, VP Commercial & New Business Development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited stated that many major ports across the region are doing "a good job at upgrading their port infrastructure to cater for rising demand."
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