Our Regional Director, Alvin Materi reveals why August is his favourite time of the year.
As the region’s leading shoreside service and excursions provider for international cruise lines, this is the month we really kick into gear with preparations for the upcoming season. We also hit the road to participate in both regional and international cruise events, as well as our own roadshows. August is the month we get our hands on the excellent Deployment & Capacity report from CLIA Asia and CHART Management Consultants, where we see what deployment trends are driving the shape of our cruise-region, and where we start when planning for the future.
The number of port calls to Asian destinations is expected to fall marginally in 2019, with China showing a considerable decrease. But for all of our other key destinations — Malaysia (+22.5%), Indonesia (+9.3%), Singapore (+7%), Japan (+3.1%), Hong Kong (+2.4%) — we see positive growth.
So, August, our favourite time of the year, and the start of our busy season. We look forward to seeing you, our valued clients, at the Cruise New Zealand Conference / Auckland (22-23 Aug), Seatrade Europe / Hamburg (11-13 Sep) and Seatrade Cruise Asia / Shanghai (9-11 Oct).