The premiere edition of Cruise Shipping Asia closed yesterday, with participants -- cruise line representatives and exhibiting companies -- agreeing the event holds great promise for the future of the cruise industry in the Asia-Pacific region. The three-day conference and trade show, held at the Marina Bay Expo Centre in Singapore, attracted attendees from across the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of world.
Cruise Shipping Asia 2012 is scheduled for October 17-19, 2012, and will be held in Singapore.
Organized by UBM, the event included a full conference program of panel discussions, a trade fair, business-matching program and travel agent training sessions.
"We were very pleased with the level of excitement and interaction between the attendees over the three days of conference sessions, trade show activity and social functions," said Michael Kazakoff, vice president of UBM Live, organizers of the series of the world's leading cruise events. "As cruise lines commit more and newer tonnage to Asia, growth will accelerate, and Cruise Shipping Asia provided and will continue to provide in the future, an excellent platform for learning, networking and creating business opportunities."
The tone of the conference and trade show was upbeat. Under the theme of "Gateway to Tomorrow's Marketplace," the conference focused on the growth potential of the pan-Asia region and how to accommodate the rapid market expansion predicted for the Asian cruise business.
"There is no doubt that the Asia Pacific region for the cruise industry is a giant that is awakening, it will take time and investment and planning," said Michael Duck, executive vice president of UBM Asia. "This event has shown that there is a tremendous interest, but one or two companies cannot grow the interest on their own, it needs a platform which CSA provides to all parties to prove to countries, regions, ports and other stakeholders that the infrastructure needs to be in place, and that the market needs educating both in terms of potential customers and the travel industry itself."
"Asia holds promising opportunities for the cruise industry, and the inaugural Cruise Shipping Asia event gives us all a foothold in shaping what comes next," said Michael Bayley, executive vice president, international, Royal Caribbean International. "From port infrastructure development to attracting tourists from around the world, our industry can be instrumental in Asia's future growth."
Among the exhibiting tourism organizations were the Japan National Tourist Organization, Korean Tourism Organization, Tourism Malaysia and the Philippine Department of Tourism.
"Exhibiting at Cruise Shipping Asia offered us a phenomenal platform to continue conversations with existing contacts as well as serve as a starting point to develop new business opportunities in the region," said Jordi Floreta, vice president and managing director of TEAM Ports & Maritime. TEAM is the current supplier of three passenger boarding bridges for the new Singapore Cruise Centre.
Costa Crociere S.p.A. announced today at the closing session of Cruise Shipping Asia that it has established the cruise industry's first wholly owned foreign enterprise in China. The new company will be located in Shanghai, Costa's home port city in China, offering commercial and financial services such as marketing, ticketing and collection to local travel partners and passengers.
Cruise-industry suppliers exhibiting at Cruise Shipping Asia include Singapore Cruise Centre Asia Cruise Services Network, TEAM ports & maritime, Intercruises Shoreside and Port Services, Sembawang Shipyard, and Inflot Worldwide. A complete list of participating companies and organizations is available athttp://www.cruiseshippingasia.com/exhibitor-list1.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the luxury
cruise operator in the Prestige Cruise Holdings group, has reported a fall in third
quarter net profit of $19.5 million from $27.0 million in the same period last
year. However, the company less capacity in the latest quarter due to dry
docking of a vessel, it said in a statement.
Commenting on the third quarter, the Company’s Chairman and CEO, Frank Del Rio, stated, “Regent’s luxury cruise experience continues to be very well received by both our guests and travel agency partners. We are thrilled with the record occupancy and yields we were able to obtain in the third quarter.”
“The Seven Seas Voyager’s drydock in September completes the ambitious $100 million plus upgrade program that we embarked upon nearly four years ago, and we believe the results are impressive. We continue to invest in our luxury fleet to provide our guests with the best possible vacation experience," he continued.
“Net Yield for the third quarter of 2011
was up 3.9%driven by higher pricing with Net Per Diem up 3.0% and occupancy
increasing 0.8 percentage points. In the third quarter of 2011, we had a 6.8
percent reduction in capacity caused by a 17-day scheduled drydock for Seven
Seas Voyager. There were no drydocks in the third quarter of 2010,” the company
Adjusted EBITDA was $40.6 million on revenue
of $151.3 million for the third quarter of 2011, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of
$47.5 million on revenue of $152.1 million for the third quarter of 2010.
Other key operating metrics for the third
quarter of 2011 compared to the prior year are as follows:
Net Cruise Cost, excluding Fuel and Other
expense, per APCD decreased 1.7%, to $278 in 2011 compared to $283 in 2010,
mainly due to decreases in repair and maintenance expense and selling and
administrative expense. Fuel expense increased 44.7%, or $3.0 million,
reflecting higher prices.
“Our economic hedging strategy was able to
partially offset this increase, as we recognized a $1.3 million cash benefit on
executed fuel hedge contracts during the quarter that offset 42.8% of the price
increase. The realised gain of fuel derivatives was recorded in other income
(expense) as these instruments do not qualify for hedge accounting.
Other expense was up $5.0 million primarily
attributable to a 17-day scheduled drydock for the Seven Seas Voyager in 2011.
There were no drydocks in the third quarter of 2010.
Both revenues and profit of the cruise
operations of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) declined in the second
quarter of the Tokyo based shipping giant’s financial year.
The group, which operates Asuka II on the
Japanese market and Crystal Cruises with two upmarket vessels mainly on the US
market, reported recurring profit of 0.2 billion yen for its cruise business,
compared to a profit of 1.1 billion a year earlier. Revenues fell to 10.1
billion yen from 11.1 billion. The company’s financial year ends on 31 March.
“In the Japanese market, Asuka II suffered
from weak demand following the earthquake, and the load factor declined from
the previous year. In the North American market, Crystal Cruises enjoyed sales
during the peak summer season and enjoyed a high load factor on par with the
previous year. Costs rose, however, due to higher fuel prices. Overall, the
Cruises segment posted lower revenues and earnings compared with the same
period of the previous year,’ NYK said.