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Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference set for Curaçao in May

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Shipping executives from the Caribbean and Latin America will meet in Curaçao from May 17-19 to discuss issues affecting the global shipping industry at the Caribbean Shipping Association's (CSA) ninth Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference.

Set against the background of the recession on Caribbean and Latin American economies and the possible impact of the expansion of the Panama Canal, the conference is themed 'Regional Integrated Maritime Strategy (RIMS): If Not Today, When?' The conference will be held at the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino.

"The focal point will be the challenges and opportunities of successfully implementing RIMS. The conference will also explore the necessary mechanism for growth in a RIMS model to facilitate viable, profitable and sustainable cargo, cruise and luxury yacht sectors throughout the Caribbean and Latin America region," Clive Forbes, general manager of the CSA said.

Sessions will focus on:

  • The business and economic outlook for global trade and cruise tourism
  • Benefits of regional cruise and cargo integration: New realities in a changing world
  • Luxury yacht business opportunities in RIMS
  • Regional maritime security challenges and opportunities
  • RIMS implementation outlook for trade and cruise tourism
  • Regional customs integration: A critical path to RIMS
  • RIMS implementation: Cruise, ocean carrier, feeder, shore excursion and ports perspective.

Several renowned shipping executives and industry leaders have been confirmed to address sessions. They include Dr Jean-Paul Rodrigue, professor at Hofstra University; Robert West, principal, Trade and Transportation, Economic Business Solutions (Consulting Business Group) - Halcrow, Inc; Joseph Cervenak, principal, Kemper - Joseph llc; Dr Andrew Coggins, professional consultant, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Rupert Conner, founder and president of Luxury Yacht Group and Michael Horton, director of the Latin American business sector of Moffatt & Nichol, Panama office.

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