▲ “The Cruising Asia 2013, Jeju Forum” at the Jeju Grand Hotel in October 2013. Photo courtesy The Cruising Asia 2013, Jeju Forum
“The Cruising Asia 2013, Jeju Forum” at the Jeju Grand Hotel in October 2013 was held to contribute to the development of stability and sustainable growth in the rapidly growing cruise industry in Asia.
-Around 900 participants including 139 VIPs from countries such as Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Russia attended the event, the first of its kind in Korea. Kim Eui-Keun, chairman of the Organizing Committee, said this at the opening ceremony.
"As a port of call in Asia, Jeju will emerge as the number one this year and become one of the world's top three ports by 2020 in terms of the number of cruise ship passengers visiting here. We are confident that cruise ship passengers visiting Jeju can easily top 500,000 this year, and it will grow to exceed 2 million by 2020."
The forum aimed to confirm Jeju’s place as a central player in the regional cruise industry and representatives of cruise lines, tour operators and academics were all present. The vice-presidents of six major cruise companies also attended, as did executives from the world's three largest players: Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, and Star Cruises.
A significant outcome of the event was the “Jeju Declaration for the Development of Asia’s Cruise Tourism” which recognized the need to remove obstacles to cruise industry development and promote industry growth. A cooperative network, the Asia Cruise Leaders Network (ACLN), was thus established as a mutual cooperative consultative body.
The declaration itself states that the network was established to “realize shared goals and cooperate for mutual development and cooperative exchange in the Asian cruise industry.” As a body it would “promote growth in the Asian region as a leader in the global cruise industry through organic cooperation among the industry, institutions, and academia.”
Although Jeju has secured a 50 percent share of all cruise passengers visiting Korea and is the number one cruise destination in the country, the industry needs careful management. Kim Eui-Keun believes events such as “2014 Asia Cruise Forum Jeju” are crucial to build the local brand and foster cooperation.
“Many countries are involved in the cruise trade so one country cannot accomplish this alone. We need to cooperate and work together. This forum gives us the opportunity to share our vision for the future of the industry,” he said.
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