Cruise chiefs call for Gulf association

17 December 2008

A Gulf association is key to the promotion and development of the growing cruise industry in the region, according to speakers at the Sixth Seatrade Middle East Cruise Conference in Dubai. Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and CEO of Costa Crociere - which has three cruise ships based in Dubai for the winter season - said a permanent forum was needed to debate and progress issues such as port infrastructure, shore excursions and immigration formalities. Michael Bayley, Senior Vice President International for Royal Caribbean Cruises said, 'a body such as the European Cruise Council or Asian Cruise Association would be an excellent vehicle for collective development of the industry within the region, to include representatives from government, tour operators and cruise lines themselves'.

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