Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Conference Program

The 2014 Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference provided an opportunity to assess the pace and direction of growth in the world's fastest growing cruise sector. The conference was led by a panel of regional and international industry experts covering essential topics and providing valuable insights into the burgeoning Asia cruise market. Please see the full 2014 conference programme below.

For a complete list of conference speakers, please click here.


Thursday 20 November

Morning session
10:00 - 12:00 

Welcome address:
Michael DUCK
Global Maritime Director & EVP, UBM Asia Ltd
Keynote addresses:

The Future of the Asian Cruise Industry
Anthony LAU Executive Director, Hong Kong Tourism Board

Global Cruise Industry Outlook
Christine DUFFY President & CEO, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

Asian Cruise Industry Outlook
Zinan LIU Chairman, CLIA North Asia, and Vice President, China and North Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited 


The State of the Cruise Industry in Asia
The momentum for cruise tourism in Asia has taken a step change this year, with announcements from major cruise lines of significant increases in capacity. With a penetration rate of just 0.1%, many Asians have a low awareness of cruise tourism but a high receptivity towards it. In this session, some of the industry's leading voices will give their views on the scale and nature of Asia's potential and the challenges which growth on this scale will mean for the Asian countries. 

Participants will include:
Michael HACKMAN 
EVP, Marine Operations and New Shipbuilding, Genting Hong Kong Limited
Dominic PAUL SVP International, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises, and Managing Director, RCL Cruises Ltd
Ann SHERRY CEO, Carnival Australia, and Chairman, CLIA SE Asia

12:00 - 15:00

Networking with Exhibitors/Lunch

Afternoon concurrent sessions
15:00 - 16:30

The Operating Environment in Asia
This session will study the challenges of cruise operations across Asia looking specifically at distances, port charges, pilotage, fuel, water and provisioning costs, berthing, visa and immigration procedures and shoreside logistics. What obstacles need to be lifted to ease operations in Asian waters, and can lessons be learnt from the more mature cruising destinations?

Participants will include:
Managing Director, Worldwide Cruise Terminals
Ted BLAMEY Principal, CHART Management Consultants (moderator)
Dickson CHIN Managing Director, Ship Agency, Wallem Group
Bruce KRUMRINE Vice President, Shore Operations, Princess Cruises
Krai PANYARACHUN Inbound Director, SEA Tours Co., Ltd and Immediate Past Chairman, ACSN
Isaac VIDALES Regional Operations Manager Asia, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services


Focus on China
China is the world's leading outbound market for tourism.  Forecasts for China's growth in cruise tourism vary, but with one major line predicting it will be the world's second biggest source market for cruise passengers by 2017 there is no doubting the potential.  The major cruise groups are responding to this expectation by announcing big increases in their capacity deployed for the China market.  What is the likely future pattern of cruise tourism development in China and what kinds of products and itineraries will appeal most to Chinese consumers?

Participants will include:
Buhdy BOK
SVP Pacific Asia & China, Costa Crociere SpA
Anthony H. KAUFMAN SVP Asia Operations, Princess Cruises
ANG Moo Lim EVP Sales, Marketing & Hotel Operations, Genting Hong Kong Limited
Zinan LIU 
Vice President, China and Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited and Chairman, CLIA North Asia
Steve ODELL President, Europe, Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Silversea Cruises Limited

Friday 21 November

concurrent sessions

How Asia Will Grow as a Source Market

As a source market for cruise passengers, Asia is following the pattern of Europe in showing significant variations in performance from country to country across the region.  So which are the best prospects for growth and which will be slower to respond?  Can the remarkable level of cruise penetration in the Australian market be achieved in Asia? Will Asian cruisers seek national brands reflecting the tastes of their own country or will the trend be more towards pan-Asian products?  

Participants will include:
Principal, CHART Management Consultants (moderator)
Lorenzo DIAMANTINI Vice General Manager, Mediterranean Cruises Travel Agency (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
Brett DUDLEY Founder and Chairman, Ecruising Group of Companies
Masami MASUYAMA Managing Director, NYK Cruises Co., Ltd
Kelvin TAN Commercial Director, Asia Pacific, Celebrity Cruises

Cruise Infrastructure Across Asia

As the number of ship deployments grows, the need for new and improved terminals and cruise berthing heightens. Is investment in cruise infrastructure keeping up with demand and what will the next phase of expansion involve? Where are cruise infrastructure improvements needed most: now and in the future?

Participants will include:
CHANG Chih-Ching
Chairman, Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd
Scott LAGUEUX Partner, LandDesign (moderator)
Ki-tack LIM President, Busan Port Authority
Christina SIAW CEO, Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd
John TERCEK VP, Commercial & New Business Development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited
Philip YUNG Commissioner for Tourism, HKSAR Government



11:30 - 13:45

Networking with Exhibitors/Lunch

13:30 - 14:30

The Cruise Line/Port Interface Workshop

Bruce KRUMRINE Vice President, Shore Operations, Princess Cruises and John TERCEK VP, Commercial & New Business Development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, and Member of the CLIA Global Ports Committee will lead this one hour workshop on how ports and destinations should structure their terminal and infrastructure development.  There will be time for audience participation.

concurrent sessions
15:00 - 16:30

Itinerary Development Across the Region

As the scale of cruise ship deployment in Asia takes off, so also the pattern of itinerary development is starting to emerge.  But the scale and diversity of Asia's geography mean that the range of options is considerable.  So which ports will emerge as the key hubs for Asian cruise itineraries?  With exciting destinations plentiful but the distances between them sometimes prohibitive, what will determine the port combinations of the itineraries of the future?  

Participants will include:
Chairman Australasia, Compagnie du Ponant
Robert W. GUY Managing Director – Singapore & Malaysia, Destination Asia 
William HARBER Vice President, Market Development, Carnival Asia
Noviendi MAKALAM Director of International Relations, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia
PHAN Xuan Anh President, Viet Excursions Co Ltd

Shipbuilding and Refurbishment in Asia and for the Asian Market


To date European shipyards and suppliers have secured the lion's share of cruise ship newbuilds. How long before Asian shipyards and suppliers play a significant role in building for the global cruise market? What opportunities are there for Asian shipyards in the refurbishment sector with more and larger tonnage sailing in Asian waters? If Asian source market potential grows as rapidly as predicted will cruise lines look to Asian yards and suppliers to fill demand?

Participants will include:
EVP, Marine Operations and New Shipbuilding, Genting Hong Kong Limited
Paolo MORETTI General Manager Marine, RINA Services SpA
P.K. ONG Managing Director, Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd., & Deputy President, Sembcorp Marine Ltd
Stephen PAYNE Principal Consultant, PFJ-Maritime Consulting Limited (moderator) 

This program is subject to change anytime without notice.