Three international cruise executives joined a panel of domestic experts at the 2014 Cruise Down Under Conference, which opened in Perth, Australia last night.

120 delegates are participating in the key industry event, titled “Beyond Gateway Ports – Navigating New Destinations”.

Crystal Morgan from Princess Cruises, Colleen Crisp from Fred. Olsen Line and Steven Young from Carnival UK will provide insights into future trends and opportunities for our region and how to expand cruising further into regional destinations.

Tammy Marshall, from Carnival Australia, will present on the new focus in domestic cruising and Sean Treacy, from Royal Caribbean Cruises, will share insights into big ship cruising in and around Australia.

The conference, sponsored by Tourism Western Australia, Fremantle Ports, Fremantle City and Experience Perth will include a range of plenary sessions as well as workshops and industry gatherings.

Areas of discussion will include the development of itineraries, shore excursion programs, air and hotel contracts, pre and post cruise opportunities, infrastructure and economic benefits. There will be a focus on developing regional destinations.