AAPA's Ninth Annual Cruise Seminar Set for January 10-12
Caribbean Conference To Feature Presentation By CBP On New Cruise Terminal Facility Requirements
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 30, 2006)
– The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, is
the site for the American Association of Port Authorities’ ninth annual Cruise
Seminar, Jan. 10-12, 2007. Participants will engage in a special program
focusing on cruise line and cruise port legislative and policy issues, seaport
security and cruise marketing opportunities, as well as a feature presentation
by representatives of U.S. Customs and Border Protection on new cruise terminal
design standards and facility requirements.
“As the number of people taking cruises continues its meteoric rise, AAPA
members have a large and growing interest in this important segment of the
maritime industry,” said Kurt Nagle, the association’s president and CEO. “The
amount of money spent on cruise vacations in the U.S. represents a significant
contribution to our economy, providing more than $30 billion annually in
benefits and generating some 330,000 U.S. jobs.”
Ninety-four of AAPA’s 155 member ports in the Western Hemisphere have cruise
operations. To assist, AAPA works with various cruise associations, federal
government agencies and Congress to help its members on issues such as cruise
passenger travel documentation, passenger vessel accessibility guidelines,
passenger inspection requirements and federal inspection service facility
requirements at U.S. ports. AAPA also works on a variety of national and
international environmental issues pertaining to the cruise industry, ranging
from air emissions reductions to ballast water management.
On Nov. 27, Mr. Nagle addressed the annual Leadership Forum of the International
Council of Cruise Lines, focusing on the collaborative efforts of the two
associations to influence legislation on maritime and port security, cruise
passenger travel documentation, design of federal inspection facilities at
cruise terminals, and various environmental standards, regulations and treaties.
Opening the Cruise Seminar on Jan. 10 will be Mr. Nagle, followed by Paul
Hurlston, port director for the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands, together
with AAPA’s Cruise Committee chairman, Agustín Díaz, managing director for the
Curaçao Ports Authority. The seminar will adjourn at noon on Jan. 12, after a
morning program focusing on future cruise marketing, moderated by Port of New
Orleans president and CEO, Gary LaGrange.
More information about AAPA’s Cruise Seminar is available
www.aapa-ports.org (click on the “Programs & Events”
tab) or call AAPA’s Ed O’Connell at 703-684-5700.