The Australian cruise industry seems unstoppable, and the latest CLIA figures show incredible growth. With more and more cruise lines home-porting their ships downunder each season, industry attention has turned to destination development and, critically, our Aussie ports.
It’s timely then, that with the theme “Together Towards Tomorrow”, the Australian Cruise Association’s annual conference, which will take place in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast from 6-8 September 2017, has a focus on the state of the industry in Oz and the immediate future, and celebrates the importance of regional ports.
Hosted by Business Events Sunshine Coast (BESC), four keynote speakers have already been secured, and preparations are well underway for the event which is expected to attract around 140 people, including leading national and international cruise executives and representatives from the supply side of the cruise sector.
“We are thrilled with the calibre of speakers already confirmed for this year’s conference who will undoubtedly deliver some thought-provoking insights. In addition to hearing from our guest speakers, we will also be holding a panel discussion to address plans for the future around this critical issue. Panel participants will be announced shortly,” said CEO of Australia Cruise Association, Jill Abel.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Senior VP and MD Asia Pacific, Steve Odell, will kick off the event, speaking on Opportunities, Challenges and Brand Diversity, and drawing on his extensive experience with NCL, and his previous work with Silversea, to provide observations on what’s ahead in the next few years for the cruise industry.
Supporting destination development is a key platform for the ACA and second speaker, Matt Grimes will offer valuable insights gleaned from his responsibilities across itinerary, development and deployment at Viking Cruises, and in anticipation of Viking’s first ocean cruise from Australia, in early 2018.
Chair, Asia Pacific for Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions, Sarina Bratton, will present Delivering the Expedition Experience. Sarina’s visionary approach to the cruise business, evidenced as founder of Orion and now special adviser to Ponant as they set an aggressive course for growth in APAC, will no doubt be of high interest to the audience.
Rounding out the keynote presentations will be Tammy Marshall, founder of innovation and change management consultancy, The Bhive. Tammy will be delivering a Demand Study, commissioned by ACA, which addresses trends and future projections for the industry. She has driven change in Australia for major organisations such as Carnival and TFE.
The welcome function will be held on the pool deck at host hotel, Mantra Moololooba, and the Gala Dinner will take place at highly-renowned Thai favourite, Spirit House, set in lush tropical gardens in the hinterland.
The conference agenda will be supported with a fabulous line-up of activities designed to showcase our host venue to attendees. Half day and full day networking programs will kick the conference into gear on the first day with Paddock to Plate experiences and visits to Noosa, Australia Zoo and even sea-kayaking on the agenda.
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TOP IMAGE: Steve Odell ACA Keynote Speaker