As the excitement continues to build for the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention in Barcelona this September, the number of participating exhibitors are growing faster than previous events, with over 14% increase on exhibition sales compared to this time in 2012 for the show in Marseille.
At the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum in Abu Dhabi Phil Blizzard talks to Hamad Mohammed Bin Mejren, executive director, business tourism, Dubai Cruise Terminal about their new facility which is scheduled to open in early 2014. He talks about the deployment of vessels in Dubai, the prospects for the cruise sector in the region, as well as the demands for a more unified visa/immigration service for passengers on cruises with multiple port visits.
Khalid Al Zadjali, director of tourism events, ministry of tourism, Oman talks to Phil Blizzard at the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum, Abu Dhabi about their infra-structure development plans to assist both cruise operators and passengers. He also talks about the Sultanate’s three very distinctive ports of call - Khasab in the northern enclave of Musandam, the natural harbour in the capital Muscat and the fertile landscape of Salalah in the south of the country.
Abu Dhabi’s hosting this week of the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum will be a regional industry milestone if the public and private sector join together to seize the segment’s economic opportunities, delegates heard today. Speaking to the Forum, which has run for two days at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Al Dhaheri, strategy and policy director Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said the sector holds out huge growth potential if all stakeholders engage in discussions to identify the opportunities and challenges.
Abu Dhabi is moving closer to having a permanent cruise terminal at Mina Zayed, delegates at the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum heard today. Welcoming delegates to the Forum, which runs at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel until Wednesday 11th December, His Excellency Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said a decision on the concept design is expected next year.
Inaugural Global Workboat Technology Forum to be launched at Middle East Workboats & Offshore Marine 2013. The 2013 edition of Seatrade Middle East Workboats & Offshore Marine will see an exciting new component added to the biannual industry showcase, with the announcement of a groundbreaking strategic partnership agreement with Saudi Aramco.
The 3rd Seatrade All Asia Cruise Convention came to a close last week, following a three day conference, two day showcase exhibition and travel agent training programme, each focussing on Asia’s on-going development within the cruise industry.
Government ministers from Turkey and Greece both made announcements on the opening day of Seatrade’s 2nd Winter Cruising Forum in Istanbul that will give cruising in the region a major boost.