Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Conference Program

The 2013 Asia-Pacific conference provides an opportunity to asses the pace and direction of growth in the world's newest and growing cruise sector. The conference is 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 agenda and details below. Click here to view full list of confirmed speakers.  More details to come - please continue to check back for additional information and speaker updates.

Click here to view location of all sessions, training, luncheon and State of the Industry. Please note the proximity of the Convention Centre (in yellow) to all of the other show elements.


Wednesday, October 9

9:00 - 10:00

Coffee available in the exhibition area

Morning session

Daniel READ Portfolio Director, UBM
Chris HAYMAN Chairman, Seatrade Communications Limited

Global Industry address:
Didier SCAILLET Vice President, Business Development, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

Keynote addresses:
Zinan LIU Chairman, ACA, & Regional Vice President, Asia and Managing Director, China, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited
Pier Luigi FOSCHI Chairman & CEO, Carnival Asia

The State of the Cruise Industry:
The Next Step Forward

Asia provides the next great frontier for the development for cruise tourism, though its vast distances, cultural diversity and differing tastes defy generalization. In this keynote session, some of the leading players in Asia's rapidly expanding cruise industry will discuss the next phase of Asian cruise development, considering the likely pace of growth and patterns of deployment, the role of Asian players in the cruise tourism mix, the appetite for cruise products in the major consumer markets of the region, and what a range of new opportunities, ranging from newbuilding and refurbishment to procurement and ship supply may mean for Asian economies. What more can governments do to encourage cruise tourism development in Asia?  

Michael BAYLEY President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises
Zinan LIU Chairman, ACA, & Regional Vice President, Asia and Managing Director, China, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited
William NG Chief Operating Officer – Cruise, Genting Hong Kong Ltd
Ann SHERRY, AO Chief Executive Officer, Carnival Australia


Networking with Exhibitors
Lunch is Open

Afternoon concurrent sessions
15:00 - 16:30

Asia as a Destination – Cruise Deployment and Operations

What is the current deployment picture in Asia? How do operating conditions for cruising in Asia compare with other regions? This session will look at cruise line capacity throughout the region and the advantages and challenges of operating in Asian waters in terms of support services, immigration, infrastructure, costs  and regulation as well as distances between destinations.


Ted BLAMEY Principal, CHART Management Consultants
Dickson CHIN Managing Director, Indo-China, Wallem Shipping (Thailand) Ltd
General Manager, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Southeast Asia
TONG Jian Feng Deputy General Manager, Port Operations and Product Management, Royal Caribbean Cruises Service (China) Company Limited
Laura VLAD Regional Director Asia, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services


Supplying the Cruise Industry in Asia 

The size and scope of the opportunities which increased cruise tourism in Asia means for local Asian suppliers. This session will analyze what the cruise lines are looking for from their suppliers in terms of volume, delivery, consistency, quality, packaging and hygiene. The logistics of cruise ship supply. Asia as a source for crewing.


Katherine "Karen" R. AVELINO Executive Director for Crewing Operations, Passenger Division, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc
Per BJORNSEN Commercial Director, V.Ships Leisure SAM
Daniel CHUI Chief Executive, Oceanic Group Pte Ltd & QE2 Holdings Ltd
Maxine KRAJNIAK VP Global Cruise, UTi
Sture MYRMELL Vice President, Hotel Operations, Carnival Australia


16:30 - 17:00

Networking with exhibitors/Receptions in the exhibition area


Welcome Reception including presentation of
The Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia
Location: Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria, Marina Bay Sands, Bay Level L1-80 The Shoppes
Sponsored by The Cruise Copenhagen Network

Thursday October 10

concurrent sessions

Building Asian Source Markets

The current size and future potential for cruise tourism in Asia, with special focus on China, Japan, Korea, South East Asia and Australasia. Adapting the cruise product to match the tastes of Asian consumers. Distribution of the product in Asian markets. The potential for selling upscale products in Asia.


Ted BLAMEY Principal, CHART Management Consultants
Buhdy BOK SVP Pacific Asia & China, Costa Crociere SpA
Michael GOH Senior Vice President Sales, Star Cruises
Brett JARDINE General Manager, CLIA Australasia

Steve ODELL President, Europe & Asia Pacific, Silversea Cruises Ltd
Christina SIAW CEO, Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd

Cruise Ship Terminal Development

The infrastructure needs of the industry in Asia, looking at both the key considerations for design of cruise terminals in turn around ports and the optimum arrangements for new and expanding ports of call across the region. How far has Asia come in its infrastructure investment and what will be needed in the next phase of expansion and where?  


Jeff BENT Managing Director, Worldwide Cruise Terminals
Mark ITTEL Partner/SVP, Ports & Maritime, Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc
LIM Ki-tack President, Busan Port Authority
Melvin VU CEO, Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore/SATS-Creuers Cruise Services Pte Ltd  


12:00 - 15:00

Networking with Exhibitors
Lunch is Open

concurrent sessions
15:00 - 16:30

The Cruise Geography of Asia 

As cruise tourism expands in Asia so too will the range of itineraries on offer. This session will consider new deployment options, linked to consumer demand and efficient operations, and the pattern of hub ports and new transit destinations that may emerge for the future. Are Asian destinations making the most of their assets in their shorex offerings? The critical importance of air lift. 


Robert W. GUY Managing Director – Singapore & Malaysia, Destination Asia
Bruce KRUMRINE Vice President, Shore Operations – Europe & Exotics, Princess Cruises
Sarinder KUMARI Director of National Key Economic Area (Tourism) and Strategic Reform Initiative (CSL), Prime Minister's Department, Malaysia  
Anthony LAU Executive Director, Hong Kong Tourism Board
PHAN Xuan Anh President, Viet Excursions Co Ltd
Norbert STIEKEMA EVP Sales & Marketing, Costa Crociere SpA

Shipbuilding and  Refurbishment in Asia

The opportunities for Asian shipyards in both the newbuilding and refurbishment sectors of the cruise industry. The scale of demand for major conversions from the leading operators and what they will be looking for in terms of price and logistics. What is the likely level of Asian penetration in the newbuilding market for cruise vessels in the medium term? 


Raoul D. JACK, Principal Consultant, PFJ Maritime
Fredrik JOHANSSON Partner & Senior Architect, Tillberg Design AB
P.K. ONG Managing Director, Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd., & Deputy President, Sembcorp Marine Ltd
Shingen TAKEDA Engineering Manager, Passenger & Dry-Cargo Ship Planning, Ship & Ocean Engineering Division, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd

16:30 - 17:00

Networking with exhibitors/Receptions in the exhibition area

This program is subject to change anytime without notice.