The South Pacific cruise region is taking the industry by storm with its increasing growth, which has resulted in a two-day tourism conference to take place in 2015. Relevant tourism professionals and anyone with an interest in cruising in and around the area are being welcomed to the event to discuss the promotion and development of this stunning corner of the world.
Putting together the South Pacific Cruise Forum is the South Pacific Cruise Alliance - an organisation representing Fiji, New Caledonia, the Cook Islands, American Samoa, Pitcairn, Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti as cruise ports and an executive partner of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.
General Manager of CLIA Australasia, Brett Jardine, has stated the importance of the forum for the South Pacific cruise calendar: â€œThe South Pacific region has always been a hot spot for Australian and New Zealand cruisers but there is still so much potential for growth. Cruise lines are continuing to open up new ports in the region and offering new itineraries that take cruisers to some of the world's most picturesque islands.â€
The South Pacific Cruise Forum will be held at the PrÃ©sidence de la PolynÃ©sie FranÃ§aise in Avenue Pouvanaa a Oopa in Papeete on the 16th and 17th of October.
Who's getting involved?
The Forum will feature tour operators, tourism ministers from each country involved, representatives from cruise lines, airlines, suppliers and other interested parties to educate and connect with fellow members of the South Pacific cruising community.
The full list of speakers has not yet been released, but the organisers have promised there will be plenty of renowned cruise experts and international cruise line representatives - and we can't wait to find out who will be there!
What's on the agenda?
Kicking off at 8:30am on the Friday is the welcome ceremony, where attendees will be greeted by the President of the Government of French Polynesia and the CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation. Each of the two days will be filled with networking opportunities and the chance for attendees to showcase their wares.
Guests will be treated to seminars, conferences and speakers discussing topics such as â€œHow to promote the South Pacific as a year-round destinationâ€ and â€œCruise market overview and forecast.â€ Friday afternoon involves a cocktail reception and a â€œGreat South Pacific Islands Partyâ€ to help attendees really get in the swing of things.
Saturday will follow suit with more discussion, with stimulating topics including â€œGreen ideas and inspirationsâ€ and â€œDeveloping new itineraries.â€ Needless to say, attendees will walk away with plenty of fresh ideas to revitalise their businesses and a deeper understanding of the captivating attraction of the South Pacific.
South Pacific cruises
The South Pacific has been a cruising staple for years. It ticks all the holiday boxes - white sand beaches, palm trees, friendly locals, picturesque towns and cities, delicious food and a tropical climate. It's become the go-to year-round destination for Kiwis and Aussies since ages ago, and we are thoroughly looking forward to the developments and innovation set to come out of the forum.
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