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May 13, 2009
Mark your calendars for the International Cruise Symposium at Saguenay
From June 16th to 18th, some 200 international cruise industry delegates from Québec, the Atlantic provinces and the US eastern seaboard will be meeting at Saguenay to discuss the development outlook of this flourishing sector of endeavour. Topics of discussion will include the challenges impacting destinations and cruise lines, as well as action being taken to counter the effect of the financial crisis which has hit the American market—principal source of cruise passengers—particularly hard. The event will also provide a wealth of networking opportunities for representatives from the nine St Lawrence ports of call who have joined together to develop and promote the region under the ‘Cruise the Saint Lawrence’ banner. Attendees will also address issues such as port operations, environmental challenges, media relations, the quality of land-based activities and excursions offered by the various ports of call, and cruise line/destination cooperation.
This 11th edition of the Canada New England Symposium will group together major cruise line operators such as Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and MSC Cruises which are scheduled to visit the St Lawrence in 2009 or in 2010.
This year, for the first time, international media representatives will be in attendance and will have the opportunity to take part in a familiarization trip which will take them to the nine international cruise ports of call along the St Lawrence.
We invite all interested industry individuals to take full advantage of this event which will not be returning to Québec until 2012.
Do not miss this opportunity to learn more about this industry, register now to the Symposium!