Thursday, January 19, 2017

AAPA Looks to ‘Maximize’ Number of Cruise Guests

By Mark Edward Nero

Maximizing the number of cruise guests and ensuring they have a favorable cruise experience are among the key topics to be addressed at the American Association of Port Authorities’ 2017 Cruise Seminar, set for Feb. 14-15 in San Diego.

Updates on the state of the cruise industry, environmental-related issues and port security, along with a 2.5-hour “Shorex Experience” to discover San Diego as a cruise guest does during a port-of-call, are also on tap for participants.

“While the networking opportunities are reason enough to attend this program, the caliber of speakers and business program content make it all the more worthwhile,” said Susan Monteverde, the AAPA’s vice president of government relations and liaison to AAPA’s Cruise Committee.

“For the many professionals who work in the cruise industry at ports, there’s nothing like getting together with their industry colleagues to learn new and innovative ideas, and avoid ‘re-creating the wheel’ in addressing industry issues,” she said.

In addition to port authority leaders from the US, Mexico and Canada, prominent speakers from several major cruise lines, the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Customs and Border Protection and Mexico’s Office of Tourism are scheduled to speak.

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