Monday, September 17th 2012 - 17:29 UTC

Cruise convention underlines South America’s potential for the industry

South America was described as a ‘fantastic destination’ for the cruise industry but with an even greater potential said Chris Hayman at the closing ceremony of the two-day Seatrade South America Cruise Convention in Buenos Aires.

Royal Caribbean president and CEO Goldstein, “we are at the very, very beginning of this game”

Following on announcements from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay in support of the industry, CEO Hayman said that “South America represents a fantastic destination and itinerary prospect. It has many established itineraries but a great deal more can be done. This week has seen fruitful discussion and a productive two days in Buenos Aires”.

The Cruise Day, co-organized by Seatrade and Noticias de Cruceros, drew more than 200 agents to hear presentations from a wide range of speakers and lines including ABREMAR (the Brazilian Cruise Association), MSC Cruises, Costa, Pullmantur, Iberocruceros, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess, Cunard, Hurtigruten and Silversea Cruises.

As successful as it has been so far, cruising in South America is only in its infancy, according to Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, who was among the high-powered speakers at the opening session. ‘We are at the very, very beginning of this game,’ he said. ‘If this were a football game, we’re in the first five or 10 minutes of play.’

Seatrade South America delegates heard about a diverse range of issues from across the region in presentations and panels by cruise line leaders; top port, tourism and transport officials; and suppliers and experts in areas from shore excursions to shipbuilding to supply chain.

Interesting discussions surrounded the vast port investments that will support Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016, and the new passenger terminal planned for Valparaíso, Chile, which begins construction in 2013. It emerged that Uruguay is considering a terminal facility in Montevideo to support embarkations for its growing domestic cruise market.

Also presented was a project to develop river cruising on the Paraná River between Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls, and the need to develop new ports in southern Brazil and itineraries along the continent’s Pacific coast. Delegates heard about Ecuador’s diversification of its offerings and its focus on quality tourism and how Colombia, with its thriving Caribbean cruise business, now hopes to develop Pacific routes.

The popularity of cruising among Brazilians, Argentines and Uruguayans is fuelling the push to create fresh itineraries to satisfy repeat customers, delegates said, while also noting the emerging cruise markets in other countries across the region. With options to cruise visa-free thanks to inter-porting operations in Colombia and Panama, as well as from homeports in Argentina and Brazil, a year-round business is developing.

Costs and infrastructure issues that challenge further growth were key points that emerged during Seatrade South America, along with the need for greater regional cooperation and calls for a broad-based association focused on the cruise industry.

The 2013 Seatrade South America will be hosted by Chile in mid-May. (Travel Daily News).-

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1 Truth_Telling_Troll (#) Sep 17th, 2012 - 05:40 pm Report abuse
Only ships with Argentine flag should be allowed. No alien flag should fly in our ports, end of story.
2 Clyde15 (#) Sep 17th, 2012 - 06:26 pm Report abuse
That puts paid to cruise liners visiting Argentina.
3 Truth_Telling_Troll (#) Sep 17th, 2012 - 06:45 pm Report abuse
They are welcome to change their flag, takes 30 seconds. No foreign flag should wave in our territory.
4 briton (#) Sep 17th, 2012 - 06:53 pm Report abuse
and that includes the rest of the world does it,
we are sure the brazilions and russians will be delighted,
and china of course.
5 ProRG_American (#) Sep 17th, 2012 - 07:00 pm Report abuse
Mr. Goldsteins gestures what he thinks of Brits
6 Truth_Telling_Troll (#) Sep 17th, 2012 - 07:01 pm Report abuse

Our flag is banned from flying in other countries, it's just reciprocity.
7 briton (#) Sep 17th, 2012 - 07:03 pm Report abuse
You have nothing to do with this article. Hate to break it to you..
8 brucey-babe (#) Sep 17th, 2012 - 07:04 pm Report abuse
@1. T_T_T should read T _I _T.
Has Argentina got cruise ships that don`t look like floating `shanty towns` ?
9 briton (#) Sep 17th, 2012 - 07:10 pm Report abuse
one knows only what the chief in turnip tells him to say.

Team ,
10 Truth_Telling_Troll (#) Sep 17th, 2012 - 07:31 pm Report abuse
Personal insults is the best evidence that the truth is penetrating deep down the bodily hatches.
11 Fido Dido (#) Sep 18th, 2012 - 05:39 am Report abuse
TTT, it's not an insult to name you a moron here, since your comments don't make sense at all. Drink more koolaid and North Korea would be an excellente place for you.
12 briton (#) Sep 18th, 2012 - 07:05 pm Report abuse
we not insult you T..T..T..
it is how you interpret it,

we never insult , but when you shut your eye,
you are bound to bump into things.

13 British_Kirchnerist (#) Sep 19th, 2012 - 10:37 am Report abuse
British businessmen at a onference in Cristina's BA, maybe some of that propaganda agaist a “nationalist communist dictatorship” etc wasn true...
14 Clyde15 (#) Sep 19th, 2012 - 04:52 pm Report abuse
You refer to “Cristina's BA”. I thought that, as president, she followed the wishes of her electorate and did not actually “own” the city or the country.
Have I missed something or do you consider her as an omnipotent deity, or supreme ruler or “she who must be obeyed ” ? ?
15 Simon68 (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 01:57 pm Report abuse
13 British_Kirchnerist (#)
Sep 19th, 2012 - 10:37 am

WRONG!!! It is Mauricio Macri's BA, not Kretina's!!!!!!
16 British_Kirchnerist (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 03:09 pm Report abuse
#15 Not for long =) WHen's the next election?
17 Simon68 (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 03:44 pm Report abuse
16 British_Kirchnerist (#)
Sep 20th, 2012 - 03:09 pm

18 British_Kirchnerist (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 10:12 pm Report abuse
#17 Thats a shame, though by then he'll be so hated neither he nor his candidate could possibly win, right? Maybe if she doesn't want to run for President again Cristina could go for it if the vote is on the same day, then it really would be Cristina's BA =) Though I'd rather it were still her country, and she gets a loyal mayor too =)

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