Asia Cruise Yearbook : ASEAN Yearbook 2018
EXPERT OPINION 24 ASEAN CRUISE DIRECTORY 2018/2019 STEVE ODELL Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific & Chairman CLIA Australasia With almost one in every 18 Australians cruising in 2017, it is undeniable that the cruise holiday is increasingly becoming the getaway of choice for Aussie travellers. The cruise industry in Southeast Asia is growing rapidly, both in the number of cruise lines deployed in the region, as well as the total volume of Australian cruise travellers seeking quality Asian itineraries. CLIA’s 2017 Open Source Market Report highlighted that Asia remains the most popular long-haul fly-cruise Why more Australians are taking to fly-cruise in Asia Ask the experts destination for Australian cruisers, accounting for 7.3 per cent of travellers. The demand for quality ASEAN itineraries is high, with NCLH stepping-up to meet our guests’ expectations for Southeast Asian sailings. With a fly-cruise holiday, Australians can explore the exotic locations and cultures of the Orient, with NCLH offering something for all types of traveller – Norwegian Cruise Line provides freedom and flexibility, Oceania Cruises delivers the finest cuisine at sea, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world leader in all-inclusive luxury cruising. We offer a diverse range of itineraries, the majority starting or ending in ASEAN’s key hub of Singapore and going north- west to the Andaman Sea, east to Bali and the ports of Borneo or north to Manila, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, Sihanoukville, Bangkok and Yangon, to name a few. Government authorities and industry stakeholders are also looking to strengthen Southeast Asia’s cruise industry offerings. For instance, in March this year, the Singapore Tourism Board and CLIA announced a new three-year partnership that will tap into their complementary strengths to undertake travel agent training, augment destination marketing efforts, spur regional port development and exchange technical and regulatory best practices.
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