Representatives from state tourism organisations

Representatives from state tourism organisations

first_imgRepresentatives from state tourism organisations, ports, ground handlers and shipping agents make up an 18-strong member delegation from the Australian Cruise Association (ACA) – the highest number of ACA attendees on record – who will attend Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami, Florida this month. And, for the first time, ACAs Chairman, Grant Gilfillan, has been invited to participate in a conference panel session on the Asia Pacific region, speaking alongside Debbie Summers (NZCA) and Joel Katz (CLIA Australasia).Regarded as the cruise industry’s most significant worldwide event, Seatrade attracts representatives from over 75 cruise lines providing an outstanding opportunity to promote cruising in Australia.Jill Abel, CEO of the Association is attending for the 15th year. “Australia continues to grow in importance as a must-see destination on cruise line itineraries,” Abel says. “Cruising currently delivers nearly $5B to the Australian economy annually through direct and indirect contributions. Attending this event each year gives our members the opportunity to meet with key decision makers in one place at one time and have discussions which will ensure the continued success of our industry.“Attending Seatrade also gives us the opportunity to showcase the important destination development taking place around Australia including port infrastructure upgrades and new land-based touring experiences. This means we can focus on tailor-making the experiences for the cruise lines so they can be assured their passengers have the best possible experiences.”The Australian Cruise Association, with the New Zealand Cruise Association, will reprise the “Down Under BBQ” again this year, delivering fabulous food, beverages and entertainment. Following Seatrade, ACA is also holding an “Aussie Day” at the Royal Caribbean offices in Miami. This will be a destination development opportunity working with their marketing departments, sales teams and itinerary planners to develop shore excursions and pre and post visits. ACAAustralia Cruise AssociationcruiseMiamiSeatradelast_img

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