JITI Cruise Workshop 2015: Exploring the Japanese Cruise Industry's Potential

June 11, 2015

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.


PURPOSE:

Since 1990, the number of cruise ship passengers around the world has increased at a rate of about 7 percent annually -- from 4.5 million to approximately 20 million in 2012. Over 50 percent of this growth has occurred in the United States. While there is a corresponding increase in demand for cruise travel in Asia -- including in China -- the number of cruise ship passengers in Japan has remained relatively flat. How do we advance cruise travel in Japan in the midst of a cruise travel boom?

In this workshop, we will hear from cruise and tourism industry experts from the United States and Japan. They will look at future prospects for the U.S. and Japanese cruise industries. Please join us for this interesting discussion about the cruise business, and how Japan can leverage demand to boost the nation's tourism industry.

AGENDA:

OPENING REMARKS
Taro Kobayashi
Senior Representative
Japan International Transport Institute, USA

KEYNOTE SPEECHES
Katsuhisa Seki
Management and Development General Manager
JTB USA

Bob Rose
Business Development Manager
Princess Cruises and Cunard Line

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PANEL DISCUSSION

Q&A

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