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News Release
FOR RELEASE - February 4, 2015
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

Planning, Logistics, Communications All On Tap For AAPA’s 2015 Cruise Seminar

Two 2015 Cruise Award recipients also to be honored during Ft. Lauderdale event

Terminal development and itinerary planning, managing passenger and vehicle flow logistics, use of technology in Customs and Border Protection passenger inspections, and communicating during crises such as mechanical failures, illness outbreaks and bad weather are among the topics to be addressed at the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2015 Cruise Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 10-12.

Sharing environmental best practices, exploring solutions to environmental challenges, maximizing passenger experiences in homeport cities and peer-to-peer networking are also on tap for seminar participants.

“For the many professionals who work in the cruise industry at ports, there’s nothing like getting together with their industry colleagues to learn new ways of doing things and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that others have already experienced,” said Susan Monteverde, AAPA’s vice president of government relations and liaison to AAPA’s Cruise Committee. “While the networking opportunities are reason enough to attend this program, the caliber of speakers and business program content make it all the more worthwhile.”

In order to recognize individuals or organizations whose outstanding work or service has had a positive impact on the relationship between a cruise port and the Western Hemisphere cruise industry, AAPA will present its popular Cruise Awards to two honorees during this year’s event. The recipients are J. Robert Jumonville, former cruise and tourism director for the Port of New Orleans; and René Trépanier, executive director of the Cruise the Saint Lawrence Association.

In considering Mr. Jumonville for his award, he was cited as being the “vision” behind the phenomenal growth of the Port of New Orleans’s cruise passenger business and its terminal and cruise-related visitor assets. For Mr. Trépanier’s award, he was cited as being “the face” of destinations marketing for the Saint Lawrence and a key force in the success of the cruise industry for which nine ports on this stretch of commercial waterway in Canada actively participate.

For more information about AAPA’s Cruise Awards, click here. For more information about, and the agenda for, AAPA’s 2015 Cruise Seminar, click here.

WHO: Produced and sponsored by the American Association of Port Authorities, hosted and co-sponsored by Port Everglades, with additional sponsorships from AECOM, Bermello Ajamil & Parnters Inc., and Cruiseport Boston
WHAT: AAPA’s 2015 Cruise Seminar, which is offered biennially to assist those in the cruise, travel and tourism industry, as well as port managers and marketers, to stay abreast of current trends, opportunities and challenges. Also, there will be a presentation of AAPA’s 2015 Cruise Awards to J. Robert Jumonville, former cruise and tourism director for the Port of New Orleans; and René Trépanier, executive director of the Cruise the Saint Lawrence Association.
WHEN: Feb. 10-12, 2015.  Feb. 10: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Feb. 11: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Feb. 12: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 SE 17 St Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
MEDIA: Credentialed journalists interested in covering AAPA’s Cruise Seminar business agenda for media purposes are asked to contact Aaron Ellis,, to obtain a media badge.

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