AN EVENT adrift from Hong Kong for the past four years is navigating a return through calmer waters with a cruise industry conference aimed at rebuilding connections across Asia.
Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific takes place at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, October 24-26 with the theme “Rebuilding Asia Cruising Together” with support from Hong Kong Tourism Board.
The event will feature a “two-track conference programme” featuring leading stakeholders in the industry and a “table-top zone” showcasing ports, destinations and service providers from across the region.
With several cruise lines already operating in the region and new players on the horizon, Seatrade is excited to be back in Hong Kong to continue supporting the recovery of the Asian cruise market
– Chiara Giorgi, Seatrade
“Cruise operations are gradually restarting in this region with some markets returning strongly to near pre-pandemic levels,” said Chiara Giorgi, Seatrade Cruise’s global brand and event director.
A session on the “State of the Asian Cruise Industry” will headline the conference with major industry updates, trends and outlook across the region.
Hong Kong Tourism Board’s general manager for MICE and Cruise, Kenneth Wong, said: “The choice of Hong Kong as the venue for Asia’s first and largest post-pandemic trade event for the cruise industry not only highlights Hong Kong’s significant role as Asia’s cruise hub, but also further strengthens Hong Kong’s position in the global cruise industry.
“The event will bring together the best and brightest elites of the cruise industry from around the world, who can experience first-hand Hong Kong’s new travelling experience. This will help showcase to the world Hong Kong’s normalcy.”
Main image: Kai Tak Cruise Terminal will be central to Hong Kong’s cruise industry recovery