UBM, organizers of the annual Cruise Shipping Miami event, are set to stage the third annual Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference and trade show Oct. 8-10, 2013, in Singapore.

WHAT: The two-day annual Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference provides an opportunity to assess the pace and direction of growth in the world's newest and growing cruise sector. The conference is led by a panel of regional and international industry experts covering essential topics and providing valuable insights into the burgeoning Asia cruise market.

The event begins Tuesday, Oct. 8 with the Asia Cruise Tourism Summit, a gathering of high-level cruise line executives and ministerial-level tourism board representatives.

The conference program features cruise line executives, tourism officials, port operators, maritime suppliers, tourism organizations and cruise industry consultants discussing the opportunities and potential of the entire Australasia region for the cruise business.

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific has the exclusive support of Cruise Lines International Association, the global association for the industry.

WHO: New to the event in 2013 will be the presentation of the first Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia. The award will recognize a person who has played a significant role in developing the cruise industry in the region.

The award will be presented by Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Michael Bayley, who was for many years Royal Caribbean International's Asia representative and who worked closely with Rebbapragada.

The award was established in memory of Rama Rebbapragada, who was instrumental in helping bring recognition of the potential of the Asia-Pacific cruise market to Western cruise companies.

WHEN: Proposed schedule of events:

Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Asia Cruise Tourism Summit for high-level cruise line executives and ministerial level tourism board representatives

Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Full conference and tradeshow.

Thursday, Oct. 10 – Full conference and tradeshow.

WHERE: Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore