In­dia needs more ports for cruises

Sean Treacy, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Sin­ga­pore and South­east Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises, speaks about the fleet of ships to be launched and the first-ever mar­ket­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Sin­ga­pore Tourism Board and Changi Air­port Group.

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Tell us about Royal Caribbean Cruises’ busi­ness plans for In­dia.

There’s a lot go­ing on in Royal Caribbean Cruises glob­ally. With 22 ships in our fleet, we will be adding one of the largest cruise ships in the sum­mer of 2016 called ‘Har­mony of the Seas’ based in Barcelona. This is an ideal ship for the In­dian cruise mar­ket. An­other im­por­tant bil­lion dol­lar ship will be ‘Ex­plorer of the Seas’ which will cruise from Europe to Asia, stop in Kochi, go for a three-

We have en­tered into an agree­ment with the Sin­ga­pore Tourism Board to co­op­er­ate with us to spend more in terms of mar­ket­ing dol­lars to pro­mote cruise in South East Asia and in In­dia. Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional has signed a firstever multi-mil­lion dol­lar mar­ket­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Sin­ga­pore Tourism Board (STB) and Changi Air­port Group (CAG) to pro­mote cruis­ing out of Sin­ga­pore. And in turn, at­tract the cruise line’s largest num­ber of over­seas fly-cruise guests.

What is the growth rate of cruise tourism in In­dia?

The over­all to­tal cruise mar­ket is about 100,000 cruis­ers an­nu­ally. We can triple the fig­ure over the next three to four years with the growth of cruis­ing in South East Asia, which is huge op­por­tu­nity for the In­dian mar­ket. There is a grow­ing aware­ness of the cruise mar­ket, which is be­ing driven by TIRUN Travel Mar­ket­ing Team and we need to build the mar­ket in sup­port of travel and trade part­ners.

We have over 40 cruises with three to five cruise nights, which is ideal for the In­dian cruise mar­ket as it will help drive a lot of growth in this mar­ket

Sean Treacy

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Sin­ga­pore and South­east Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises

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