For Immediate Release
August 25, 2015
Contact: Tahnee Perry, VP Marketing Northstar Travel Media +1 646 380-6272 [email protected]
Carnival CEO Arnold Donald, Norwegian CEO Frank Del Rio and Royal Caribbean International's President, China & North APAC Region Dr. Zinan Liu Confirmed for Shanghai conference
Secaucus, NJ USA—Travel Weekly China announced today the launch of CruiseWorld China on October 12, 2015, in Shanghai, China. The one-day event, held at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, will bring hundreds of travel agents and cruise industry leaders together in a day filled with insight from top cruise executives and distribution partners, and networking among attendees.
"We are so pleased to launch CruiseWorld China," said Bob Sullivan, president of the travel group, Northstar Travel Media. "This is an exclusive event in China where travel agents and industry executives can meet to discuss the most important issues affecting today's travel landscape." Among the confirmed speakers is Dr. Zinan Liu, president of China and North Asia Pacific region for Royal Caribbean International. The line's fifth ship in the region, Ovation of the Seas, will launch in April 2016 and will be available for guests in June 2016. Her sister ship, Quantum of the Seas, arrived in China in 2015. The five Royal Caribbean International ships will comprise the largest fleet deployment in China, home porting in four metropolitan Chinese cities - Shanghai, Tianjin, Hong Kong and Xiamen. Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., will also be speaking at CruiseWorld China. The company will have ships from all three of its brands (Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises) sailing in Asia beginning next year to help increase brand awareness in the region. Norwegian is also exploring the possibility of dedicated ships for the Chinese market. Norwegian is sponsoring an exclusive evening reception and entertainment to conclude the event. Also addressing the audience is Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise operator in the world. Carnival recently announced it will add two more China-based ships in 2016, increasing its fleet of Costa and Princess branded ships that homeport in China to six. The company is also exploring potential joint ventures in China to launch a Chinese domestic cruise brand and to build new ships in China. Additional speakers will be confirmed shortly. "We are honored to have so many high level industry executives at our event," said Susan Li, editor, Travel Weekly China. "They recognize the importance of the travel agent community in China and are dedicating their time to share their viewpoint on today's trends and issues." Among topics to be discussed are: how technology is changing consumer demand, growth trends for the China cruise market, consumer loyalty and more. Major sponsors at CruiseWorld China include, Carnival Corporation, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International. "This event supports our overall mission to grow and strengthen the dialogue and business relationships with travel agents and supplier communities," said Rebecca Zhang, group publisher of Travel Weekly China.
For more information, visit www.cruiseworld-china.com
About Travel Weekly China
Travel Weekly China is a travel agency trade publication focusing on the China tourism industry. Travel Weekly China keeps reader up-to-date with groundbreaking stories on cruises, hotels, aviation, destinations, NTOs, business travel, technology innovation, MICE and more. Travel Weekly China's print editions reach over 12,200 agents with additional distribution at all major travel industry shows across China. Travel Weekly China's website reaches 38,500 online subscribers.
About Northstar Travel Media
Northstar Travel Media is the leading provider of news, information and data for the travel, meetings and hospitality industries and parent of brands including Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, M&C China, Business Travel News, Travel Procurement, Phocuswright, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive, TravelAge West, Family Getaways, Explorer, Web in Travel and Inntopia. Northstar's electronic directories—Travel Weekly's Hotel and Travel Index, Official Cruise Guide, and M&C Facilities Search and Successful Meetings Facilities Search—provide in-depth data on hotels, meeting and convention properties, and business travel in the United States and internationally. In addition to its directories and periodicals, Northstar publishes a number of online subscription information resources, including The Beat, travel42, STAR Service Online, Intelliguide Corporate and BTP24. Northstar produces more than 40 face-to-face events including The Phocuswright Conference, Phocuswright Europe, CruiseWorld, CruiseWorld China, Global Travel Marketplace, Global Travel Marketplace West, M&C InterAct, M&C Events, M&C Asia, Successful Meetings Universities, The Beat Live, Tech Talk, Business Travel Trends and Forecast Forums and the Travel Weekly Leadership Forums, Innovate, the Web in Travel conferences, WITX: Women In Travel, WIT Hospitality Roadshow and WITNext, and Mountain Travel Symposium. Northstar also is an industry leader in marketing services, custom communications, content licensing and database management serving the travel and meetings industries. Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company also has offices in New York, NY; Glen Ellyn, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and Winston-Salem, NC.
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