SMECC supports expansion of Gulf cruise operations

28th Oct 2011
SMECC supports expansion of Gulf cruise operations

Supporting plans for new ports of call, confidence in the potential boom of cruise operations in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean was promoted at the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Convention (SMECC), which recently concluded in Dubai.

Senior executives from 14 global cruise lines, in addition to representatives from regional tourism and port authorities, tour operators, travel agents and other cruise partners addressed both the opportunities and challenges faced in expanding the sector – reinforcing the message that the Arabian Gulf has potential for further growth as new lines commit to winter cruise schedules in the region.  Hosted by the government of Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Cruise Terminal, and DP World, the three-day event was moderated by chairman SMECC, Chris Hayman. (Source by


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