The South Pacific cruise region is setting the industry alight with record growth, and in 2015 it is getting its own two-day conference as a way for interested parties to discuss the promotion and development of cruising in and around the beautiful islands to be found in our part of the globe.
The South Pacific Cruise Forum will be operated by the South Pacific Cruise Alliance, an executive partner of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australia and an organisation representing American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Pitcairn, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga in their roles as cruise ports.
CLIA Australasia General Manager Brett Jardine said the forum is an important event on the South Pacific cruise calendar. "The 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."
The South Pacific Cruise Forum will take place on the 16th and 17th of October at the Présidence de la Polynésie Française in Avenue Pouvanaa a Oopa, Papeete.
The Forum will bring together representatives from cruise lines, tourism ministers from countries involved, airlines, tour operators, suppliers and more interested parties to facilitate meetings, connections and education regarding all aspects of cruising in the South Pacific.
The full list of speakers has yet to be published, but the organisers are promising international cruise line representatives and recognised cruise experts. We are excited to find out who will be on the schedule!
What's on the agenda?
Both days will see exhibitors showing their wares and networking. The events will kick off with a welcome ceremony at 8:30am on Friday the 16th, featuring welcome speeches by the President of the Government of French Polynesia and the CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.
Conferences, speakers and seminars on a range of topics will follow, including "Cruise market overview and forecast" and "How to promote the South Pacific as a year-round destination". Friday afternoon includes a welcome cocktail reception for partners and exhibitors, and the evening wraps up with a "Great South Pacific Islands Party."
Saturday the 17th will bring more speakers and discussions, with topics including "Developing new itineraries" and "Green ideas and inspirations."
South Pacific cruises
You probably don't need much convincing that the South Pacific is a great region for cruising. A tropical climate, a plethora of islands and islets, white sand, palm trees, friendly towns and cities, fantastic food and many opportunities for action and adventure onshore make it the perfect year-round destination. We look forward to seeing and hearing about the results and developments which come out of the forum, and to continued cruising in our slice of island paradise.