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Page 12 • MICEBTN - AUGUST 2015 Choose from 58 itineraries starting from just 3 nights, including accommodation, main meals and venue hire with dedicated conferencing facilities. Step out of your office and into ours. Stand out from the crowd and book your next corporate event with P&O. Meetings | incentives | conferences | charters | executive retreats •LEA VE EA RTH• for your NEXT CONFERENCE CONTACT CALL 1300 366 168 MICE@POCRUISES.COM.AU pocruises.com.au BUILDING on the success of the first Cruise Exchange held in June 2013, Tourism WA recently hosted a second event at Crown Perth, writes Peter French. A dedicated ‘Cruise Ready Workshop’ was attended by more than 100 tourism industry representatives, followed by a ‘round table issues’ meeting for the WA Cruise Committee to discuss opportu- nities and challenges directly with the delegates. Cruise-ready suppliers and regional port destination representatives from around Western Australia, interacted with the delegates via B2B meetings to build on shore excursion opportunities for passengers visiting WA. The event received positive feedback from all attending including represent- atives from the AOT Cruise Group, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services, Cruise workshop for WA builds on Exchange success... Carnival Australia, Royal Caribbean and Star Cruises. It was an added bonus for regional WA ports, with Carnival Australia supporting Tourism WA to deliver a ‘Cruise Ready’ workshop in Exmouth prior to the event in Perth - and a number of the delegates also joined a post event ‘Experience Extraordinary’ familiarisation visit to Geraldton. Cruising into Western Australia is booming, with Star Cruises Superstar Virgo making a return visit to WA in De- cember 2015, Royal Caribbean Ovation of the seas to make a maiden call in Fremantle at the end of 2016 and Queen Mary 2 scheduled to visit Busselton in 2017. Princess Cruises, P&O cruises and CMV Astor all remained committed to cruising in WA. Fremantle had 43 ship visits with more than 118,000 passengers pass through the port in 2015, the most in 42 years. With 56 cruise ship visits already scheduled for 2016, more records are set to be broken. CRUISING P&O plans five- ship party on Sydney Harbour ThE ASIA Pacific region is now firmly part of the conferences afloat trend seen earlier in the Caribbean and Med- iterranean. Incentives too, given the opportunities for very special treatment and out-of-the-ordinary entertainment. Executive retreats. Ship charters even. P&O, which has a dedicated confer- ences section kept very busy these days with enquiries and bookings, has an extraordinary one-off event coming up soon. On November 25, five P&O cruise ships will be in Sydney Harbour for a huge joint party featuring headline entertainers, DJs aplenty, other live music, fireworks over the harbour and more. The big event will feature the Pa- cific Aria, Pacific Eden, Pacific Pearl, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Dawn. All the ships will subsequently set out from Sydney on two-to-nine night cruises, suited to a variety of C&I requirements. The Pacific Jewel recently became the first vessel in the fleet to open a Pandora www.pandora.net retail outlet – the premium retailer’s range includes travel-themed jewellery.