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Port of San Francisco hosts American Association of Port A uthorities's 2008 Cruise Seminar 5-7 February

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
    The Pacific Merchant Marine Council commends the Port of San Francisco for hosting this cruise industry seminar! The Port of San Francisco is one of our PMMC
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 16, 2007

      The Pacific Merchant Marine Council commends the Port of San Francisco for hosting this cruise industry seminar!

      The Port of San Francisco is one of our PMMC Community Affiliate members. Monique Moyer is Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco. She will give welcoming remarks Tuesday morning, 5 February. The Port is sponsoring the reception that evening 1800 at the Carnelian Room. If you have been there, the 52nd floor of the Bank of America building, 555 California Street, you know it is known for the spectacular view as well as the cuisine and wine.

      Michael Nerney, Maritime Marketing Manager - Port of San Francisco, is serving on our council board of directors and is our primary point of contact. Thanks Michael! Visit http://www.sfgov.org/site/port_page.asp?id=31686 to see information on the cruise lines and their cruises coming and going from the Port of San Francisco.

      We frequently think cargo when we think "Merchant Marine" but moving people is an important segment of the maritime industry. As indicated below, "In 2006, for example, the cruise industry generated some 348,000 U.S. jobs that paid $14.7 billion in wages."
      We wish AAPA and the Port all the best for this event!
      Phelps Hobart, President
      Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
      PS AAPA's 2008 calendar, http://www.aapa-ports.org/Programs/seminarlist.cfm, has two other California events.

      AAPA: American Association of Port Authorities

      News Release
      FOR RELEASE - December 5, 2007
      Contact: Aaron Ellis,
      American Association of Port Authorities
      1010 Duke Street
      Alexandria, VA 22314
      Phone: (703) 684-5700
      Fax: (703) 684-6321

      AAPA’S 2008 Cruise Seminar Set For San Francisco, Feb. 5-7
      Agenda Includes Talks With Cruise Executives, Reports On Cruise Security, Sessions On Cruise Facility Development And Financing

      While stories abound about the tidal wave of cargo moving through America's ports, a similar story is unfolding in the cruise industry, which last year saw 9 million U.S. passenger embarkations (a 4.5 percent annual increase) and $35.7 billion in total economic impacts (a 10 percent annual increase).  To assist cruise ports in preparing for the challenges ahead, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will hold its 10th annual Cruise Seminar in San Francisco, Feb. 5-7.

      "As the number of people taking cruise vacations continues to rise, so do the challenges that the cruise lines and our member ports face in serving this important market," said Kurt Nagle, AAPA's president and CEO. "The amount of money spent on cruise vacations in this country alone represents a hefty contribution to our annual economy.  In 2006, for example, the cruise industry generated some 348,000 U.S. jobs that paid $14.7 billion in wages."

      More than 60 percent of AAPA's 160 member ports in the Western Hemisphere have cruise operations.  To assist, AAPA works with various cruise associations, federal government agencies and Congress to help its members on issues such as cruise passenger travel documentation, passenger vessel accessibility guidelines, passenger inspection requirements and federal inspection service facility requirements at U.S. ports.  AAPA also works on a variety of national and international environmental issues pertaining to the cruise industry, ranging from air emissions reductions to ballast water management. 

      Highlights of AAPA's 2008 Cruise Seminar include panels of key cruise line and cruise association executives discussing the industry's top challenges; reports on seaport and cruise facility security measures; sessions focusing on expediting the passenger boarding process, alternative cruise terminal financing, itinerary planning, incident planning (including a speaker focusing on pandemic flu) and reducing the environmental impacts of cruise ship operations on the communities they serve.   The final session on Feb. 7 will look at alternative uses of cruise terminals for revenue generation.

      Additionally, during a luncheon program on the first day of the seminar, AAPA will present its 2008 Cruise Award to Ross Gaudreault, president and CEO of the Québec Port Authority.  A pioneer in developing the cruise industry in eastern Canada since 1987, Mr. Gaudreault was at the forefront in establishing AAPA's Cruise Committee and has been an active contributor to the association's cruise workshops.  He helped form the St. Lawrence Cruise Association and brought the Port of Québec into the International Council of Cruise Lines as its first Canadian port member.

      More information about AAPA's Cruise Seminar is available at www.aapa-ports.org (click on the "Programs & Events" tab) or by calling AAPA's Ed O'Connell at 703-684-5700.

      WHO:       American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), hosted by Port of San Francisco

      WHAT:     Seminar covering innovations, challenges, best practices and lessons learned for the port industry to better plan for and accommodate cruise ships and their passengers.

      WHEN:     Feb. 5-7, 2008 (Day 1, 8:30am - 4:30pm; Day 2, 9am - 3pm; Day 3, 9am - noon)

      WHERE: The Stanford Court (A Renaissance Hotel), 905 California Street, San Francisco, CA  94108; tel: (415) 989-3500

      The American Association of Port Authorities was founded in 1912 and today represents 160 of the leading public port authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, the Association represents 335 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemi¬sphere. AAPA port members are public entities mandated by law to serve public purposes. Port authorities facilitate waterborne commerce and contribute to local, regional and national economic growth. The benefits of ports are immense for national economies throughout the Western Hemisphere. These ports are gateways to world trade and are a critical component in these nations economic health, national defense, and growing cruise industry. In the U.S., commercial seaport activities provide jobs for 8.4 million Americans, whose earnings and consumption totaled $314.5 billion in 2006.

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      Cruise Seminar

      February 5 - 7, 2008
      San Francisco, California


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      This seminar is a PPM® Elective Program.

      Keeping up-to-date on the booming cruise industry is important for both homeports and ports of call.  AAPA's Cruise Committee has designed a special program for port managers, operations and engineering professionals, cruise facility consultants and marketers to address emerging trends for cruise ports. This seminar will tackle topics such as effective cruise line/port partnerships, environmental issues, developing cruise facilities for multiple uses, dealing with regulatory requirements at cruise facilities, and destination marketing.  This is a great opportunity to network with cruise line executives and others in the cruise port business.

      REGISTRATION FEE:   $735 Members / $850 Non-Members




      The Stanford Court, A Renaissance Hotel
      905 California Street - Nob Hill
      San Francisco, CA  94108
      Phone: (415) 989-3500
      Fax: (415) 391-0513
      Rate: $209.00 single/double
      Hotel room cut-off: January 18, 2008

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