Time to act on port infrastructure says cruise industry at conference

Time to act on port infrastructure says cruise industry at conference

The New Zealand cruise industry is on the cusp of losing business as a direct result of lacking infrastructure, the sector’s leading body heard recently.
Debbie Summers, chair of what was until last week known as Cruise New Zealand, accepts that port infrastructure is not a new issue.
‘But now it is time to get it done. We’ve got everyone sitting in the same room so here is our opportunity. Without doubt it is our most pressing issue, with wins to be celebrated and challenges to be conquered.’

The organisation held its AGM last night and today the conference continues at Auckland War Memorial
Museum.
Chief executive officer Kevin O’Sullivan says a name change  (ratified at the AGM) to the New Zealand Cruise Association better reflects who the members are and what they stand for.
‘I still get a lot of people wanting to book cruises on the website,’ says O’Sullivan.
Today’s conference has attracted a record number of delegates, some 50% up on any other year.
‘We have 205 people registered for the conference,’ says Summers. ‘It reflects the fact that New Zealanders now see the importance of the sector.'

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