Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific – a conference and trade show focusing on the emerging Asian-Pacific cruise industry – announced today the International Cruise Council Australasia (ICCA) will support its event.
The ICCA joins Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the Asia Cruise Association (ACA) and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) as supporters of Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific (CSA-P) 2012, which will be held in Singapore on September 17-18.
ICCA General Manager Brett Jardine said the Council was pleased to be supporting UBM Live’s Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific by participating in plenary sessions and panel discussions and conducting two introductory training modules for Asian-based agents.
“The CSA-P is important to the industry because it allows cruise industry members from around the world to get together to discuss their needs and opportunities,” Mr Jardine said.
“Cruising is booming in Australia and we continue to see more ships based here and visiting our shores. At this year’s CSA-P event we will be able to reach and educate an entire new demographic about our region.”
Mr Jardine said the Council’s latest industry report showed that Australian cruise passenger numbers reached a new high of 623, 294 in 2011.
“This represents a record 34 per cent annual increase – the largest recorded by any key world cruise market last year,” Mr Jardine said.
The support of the Council, which represents 27 member cruise lines, underscores the growing importance of the Australasian cruise marketplace in the global cruise industry.
“The ICCA support is vitally important to the Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific event,” said Daniel Read, Portfolio Director of UBM’s Cruise Shipping Group. “With a 34 per cent increase in Australians taking cruise holidays last year, it is apparent that the region is a stronghold for the cruise industry. We are delighted to be working with the ICCA to bring even more awareness and education about, and into, the region.”
Source = ICCA