The 22nd annual Australian Cruise Association conf

first_imgThe 22nd annual Australian Cruise Association conference and AGM is officially underway in Broome, WA, kicking off on Wednesday night with a spectacular sunset event at the iconic at the Cable Beach Club Resort.Around 120 delegates were in attendance ahead of the conference – themed “Forging Stronger Relationships” – and the AGM, wrapping up today following a breakfast presentation by Jaime Jackett, warden from the Broome Bird Observatory. “The Conference is well-timed for discussion around the exciting year to come,” said Jill Abel, CEO of the Australian Cruise Association.“With 25 ships booked to visit Australia in 2018/19 including Ponant’s new expedition ship, Le Laperouse, Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner, Seabourn Sojourn and Holland America Line’s Maasdam, it is a perfect opportunity for representatives from the cruise lines and ACAs members to discuss how we can establish best practice for working together to achieve successful outcomes.” The importance of destination development will also be discussed as well as other topical issues such as sustainability and over-tourism.Hon. Paul Papalia Jill Abel and Grant GilfillanThe program was officially opened by the Hon. Paul Papalia, WA Minister for Tourism at the welcome event, held at the Broome Surf Lifesaving Club. The Minister spoke about the importance of the cruise sector to Western Australia and the critical role regional ports such as Broome have played in the growth of the industry. Broome welcomed 22 cruise ships in 2016-17 injecting approximately $10M into the State’s economy.Jill Abel said, “The business community in Broome has welcomed our delegates to the city with an amazing warmth and generosity. As such it has proved to be the perfect backdrop for our 2018 conference as it is embodies our theme and highlights the importance of working together.”The Gala Dinner last night, sponsored by Kimberley Ports Authority, was held at the Mangrove Hotel in Broome overlooking picturesque Roebuck Bay.TOP IMAGE: Jill Abel Sture Myrmell Susan Bonner ACAAustralian Cruise AssociationBroomeconferencecruiseWAWestern Australialast_img