Conference 2018

A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended Conference 2018 and helped to make this event such a great success. We had over 200 participants join us in Blenheim for two informative and entertaining days focused around the theme of Balancing Cruise Growth.

Our special thanks to both our 2018 Speakers, and Conference Sponsors 100% Pure New Zealand, Port Marlborough, Ateed, Ports of Auckland, Ritchies, Inter City Group, Sounds Connection and Akorn Destination Management, for your invaluable support.

We were delighted to have Jacqui Lloyd, Destination Marlborough General Manager, and John Leggatt, Marlborough District Council Mayor, open proceedings, followed by thought-provoking presentations and panel discussions from our industry experts.

Thank you to our speakers

Adam Armstrong Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Silversea Cruises
Ben Hurley
Bernie Hanratty Statistical Analyst, Statistics NZ
Chloe Jones Marketing Manager, Princess Cruises
Chris Roberts Chief Executive Tourism Industry Aotearoa
Cindy D’Aoust President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association
Dr Rochelle Constantine Marine Mammal Ecology Group, Auckland University
Grant Gilfillan Chair, Australian Cruise Association & CEO Port Authority of New South Wales
Greg Akehurst Director, Market Economics,
Hon. Kelvin Davies Minister of Tourism,
Lou Sanson Director General, Department of Conservation
Megan King Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Communications & Research, Cruise Lines International Association
Michael Mihajlov Director, Destination Management Carnival Australia
Paul Yeo Industry Relations Manager at Tourism New Zealand
Rene de Monchy Tourism New Zealand Director Commercial
Rhys Welbourn CEO, Port Marlborough
Rosie Mercer Manager, Sustainable Business Improvement, Ports of Auckland
Stuart Allison Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Commercial & Operations, Princess Cruises,
Susan Bonner Vice President and Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited
Tim Cossar CEO, Te Puia
Ulva Goodwillie Ulva’s Guided Walks, Stewart Island

Thanks also to our own team – New Zealand Cruise Association Chair Debbie Summers and Chief Executive Officer Kevin O’Sullivan.

Save the date: Conference 2019

Yes, we’ve started planning for next year’s conference already!
22-23 August 2019 – AUCKLAND
Book it in your calendar now and stay tuned for more info!

Conference Locations

Every alternate year our conference is held in a different incredible New Zealand location – this year was in Marlborough, and 2019 will be in Auckland.

In case you missed our previous conferences, here is where they were held:

Marlborough 2018
Auckland 2017
Wellington 2016
Auckland 2015
Napier 2014
Auckland 2013