Singapore Charts Cruise Recovery Path with CruiseWorld India 2021

Industry Watch | April 5, 2021 | News

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) CruiseWorld India 2021 Thomas Cook India

With an aim to connect virtually with its in-market cruise stakeholders from India, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced CruiseWorld India 2021 on 6 April. Presented by STB in partnership with Travel Weekly Asia, the event is based on the theme ‘Charting our Pathway to Cruise Recovery’.

A panel discussion on ‘Power up for a safe return to cruising in Singapore’ will feature speakers including Naresh Rawal, VP, Sales and Marketing, Genting Cruise Lines; Varun Chadha, CEO, TIRUN Travel Marketing; Sanjay Kothari, Founder and MD, Just Holidays; and Pradeep Saboo, MD, Guideline Travels. It will be moderated by GB Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East and South Asia, Singapore Tourism Board.

Srithar said, “Pre Covid-19, India was Singapore’s top source market for cruise tourism. While commercial travel between the two countries remains paused, it is important for us to reconnect with our cruise partners and renew our close ties through CruiseWorld India 2021. This platform will bring together industry leaders to offer valuable insights on how to gear up for when cruising returns, as well help STB to gather feedback on how we can better support our partners.”

“We are delighted to participate in CruiseWorld India 2021 as it is a key platform to engage with Indian cruise stakeholders and share with the cruise community about Singapore. We remain confident that Singapore is a preferred cruising hub for Indian travellers, given its strong reputation for hygiene and safety, which should give visitors a peace of mind,” Varun Chadha said.

Naresh Rawal added, “We have observed that Indian travellers are still keen to cruise and demand is very much in place. We have resumed our operations on a pilot basis in Singapore on the World Dream, which has been well-received by domestic visitors. Our experience in Singapore is a testament that cruising can continue to be safe and enjoyable, even in a pandemic.”

Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India), said, “It was an honour for us at Thomas Cook India to be selected by STB to partner in their pilot CDF (Cruise Development Fund) India initiative. This enabled us to curate a range of vibrant cruise products that could effortlessly coalesce with our Singapore land product. Keeping an unerring eye on the value seeker Indian market, I am delighted that we were successful in creating a fit for multiple segments – from value to super luxury. We look forward to working closely with the STB on the CDF initiative as this will be of great support to us at Thomas Cook India and the industry as a whole as we progress on our path to recovery, for when international cruising picks up again.”

During the event STB will also share details on enhanced support for stakeholders under the Cruise Development Fund (CDF), to support industry players in their work to build consumer demand for cruises from Singapore.

India was Singapore’s top source market for cruise tourism before Covid hit; Enhanced support for stakeholders under Cruise Development Fund planned

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