NZ Cruise Conference details announced

The Sun Princess cruises towards the open sea after a fleeting visit to Milford Sound on Sunday. Fiordland turned on a magnificent day for the liners visit, and the 2800 passengers and crew were treated to Fiordland at it's best.

The New Zealand Cruise Association has announced it will hold its 2019 annual general meeting and conference in Auckland. The event will be hosted at the Auckland Cruise Terminal, with Annual General Meeting and Welcome Function on 22 August and the full-day conference being held on Friday 23 August.

The theme of the 2019 conference is “Auckland: Shaping the Future”.

“Auckland is an international gateway and stand-alone destination, a critical port of call for cruise itineraries. Like many modern and progressive cities, Auckland faces infrastructure challenges and resistance to change,” said Debbie Summers, chairman, New Zealand Cruise Association.

“Our 2025 vision is being carved out of the concrete of our city, whilst further expansion of green areas a creates a sustainable and enjoyable lifestyle experience for our residents and visitors alike. Surrounding all this is our beautiful Waitemata Harbour, providing a focal point for cruise arrivals and departures.

“Over 350,000 cruise passengers, and rising, enter New Zealand (each year), making the cruise sector a key component of the Tourism 2025 growth framework and a major contributor to our economic future.”

International keynote speakers at the event include Ann Sherry (Chair of Carnival Australia Cruises Ltd), Adam Goldstein (Chair of Cruise Lines International Global and Vice-Chairman of Royal Caribbean), Robert Morgenstern (Senior Vice-President of Port Operations and Shore Excursions – Holland America Group), and Sarina Bratton (Chair of Asia Pacific PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions).