South Pacific Cruise Forum set to take place in Tahiti

The event will bring together members of the South Pacific cruise industry on 18 and 19 October

South Pacific Cruise Forum set to take place in Tahiti

South Pacific Cruise Alliance

Cruise line representatives will attend the South Pacific Cruise Forum in Tahiti

By Alex Smith |

The second edition of the South Pacific Cruise Forum is set to take place on 18 and 19 October 2023 at the Presidential Palace in Papeete, on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia.

The event, organised by the South Pacific Cruise Alliance (SPCA), will bring together the island states and territories of the South Pacific with the aim of promoting coordinated development of the region’s cruise industry. Representatives from the SPCA and event partner Pacific Tourism Organisation, including the majority of the South Pacific governments’ tourism ministers, will meet during the two days of the forum for conferences and debates.

A selection of cruise line executives will also participate in the event, including Sven Linblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions; Chris Prelog, president of Windstar Cruises; Chad Berkshire, CCO of Oceania Cruises; Patrick Augier, secretary general of Ponant; Philippe Wong, CEO of Aranui Cruises; and Filippos Venetopoulos, CEO of Variety Cruises.

Discussions will take place in a closed session and cover a range of issues concerning cruise lines and destinations. Topics under discussion will include logistics, infrastructure, the environment, taxes and regulations and the societal impacts of cruising, as well as strategies for optimising collaboration and spin-offs for the entire cruise industry value chain.

The South Pacific Cruise Forum will be supported the Government of French Polynesia, the French government's Pacific Funds, Air Tahiti Nui, Tahiti Nui Travel, Tahiti Tourisme and Tahiti Cruise Club.

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