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2008 AAPA Cruise Seminar

February 5, 2008
San Francisco, California

This seminar is a PPM® Elective Program. Keeping up-to-date on the booming cruise industry is important for both homeports and ports of call. AAPA's Cruise Committee has designed a special program for port managers, operations and engineering professionals, cruise facility consultants and marketers to address emerging trends for cruise ports. This seminar will tackle topics such as effective cruise line/port partnerships, environmental issues, developing cruise facilities for multiple uses, dealing with regulatory requirements at cruise facilities, and destination marketing. This is a great opportunity to network with cruise line executives and others in the cruise port business.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Kurt Nagle, AAPA 
  • Agustín Díaz, Managing Director, Curaçao Ports Authority, NETHERLANDS-ANTILLES, Chairman, Cruise Committee
  • Monique Moyer, Executive Director, Port of San Francisco

Cruise Line Executive Panel

Cruise industry executives will discuss key cruise issues and their relevance to the port industry.

  • Stein Kruse, President and Chief Executive Officer, Holland America Line Inc.
  • Dean Brown, Executive Vice President, Princess Cruises and CEO, Princess Tours
  • Joseph Valenti, Senior Vice President, Marine Operations, Crystal Cruises 

Cruise Associations – Issues Impacting Cruise Ports

Representatives from cruise industry trade groups will discuss issues affecting cruise ports.

  • Eric Ruff, Exec. VP, Public Policy & Communications, Cruise Line International Association
  • John Hansen, President, Northwest CruiseShip Association 

Luncheon Program

AAPA 2008 Cruise Award

  • Ross Gaudreault, President & CEO, Québec Port Authority, CANADA 

Seaport Security

Security remains a primary focus for both seaports and the cruise industry.  These presentations will provide background and context for current security considerations and what future developments can be expected.

  • Capt. Howard Newhoff, Manager, Security, Royal Caribbean International
  • Norman Rhodes, Senior Vice President, Hatch Mott MacDonald

    Caribbean Port Security
  • Christopher Hatscher, Senior Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Moving People Faster

Getting passengers on and off ships quickly is an important part of making the cruise experience enjoyable.  Hear from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency as well as cruise lines and terminal designers

  • Andrew Dixon, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, Saint John Port Authority, CANADA
  • Jackson Stephens, AIA Architect, Chief-Design Policy, Planning & Performance, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Jean Cox, General Manager, Cruise Terminals of America 

Environmental Issues Impacting the Cruise Industry

This session will focus on air emissions and ballast water challenges impacting the cruise industry and growth in port communities.

  • Tom Dow, Vice President, Public Affairs, Carnival Corporation
  • Michael Waugh, Manager, Stationary Source Division, California Air Resources Board
  • Roxanne Johnson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air Division, Planning Office 

Incident Planning, Care and Response

Hear about ways ports and cruise lines prepare for and respond to crisis, including the hot topic of pandemic flu and terrorist activities.

  • Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, Cruise Lines International Association
  • Susan Monteverde, Vice President, Government Relations, American Association of Port Authorities (Hand-out)
  • Jeffrey Beaty, Program Director, Port Operations, Navy Region Southwest

Bundling of Cruise Fees

Ports are beginning to move to bundling fees.  Hear from cruise terminals on their insights and experiences.  This session will be a roundtable discussion with speakers on this important issue.

  • Wade Battles, Managing Director, Port of Houston Authority
  • Amy Powers, Director, Cruise Marketing, Maine Port Authority
  • Bill Johnson, Port Director, Port of Miami
  • Kay Adams, Cruise Manager, Port of Houston Authority

Itinerary Planning

Hear from cruise executives, ports and other experts on how cruise lines determine their itineraries and how delegations can work together to market to cruise lines.

Financing, Marketing and Use of Cruise Facilities

Hear from a variety of experts on financing of cruise terminals and learn how ports have creatively used these facilities for added business opportunities

  • Manju Chandrasekhar, VP, Economics and Business Solutions, Halcrow, Inc.
  • Jane Sullivan, Manager, Marketing & Communications, San Francisco International Airport
  • Dan Goldes, Executive V.P. of Strategy and Development, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Jackie Williams, Manager of Marketing, Port of San Diego