Singapore Tourism Board hosts CruiseWorld India 2021

Published on : Friday, April 2, 2021

Singapore Tourism Board, on the basis of the theme – ‘Charting our Pathway to Cruise Recovery,’ hosts CruiseWorld India 2021. This event was arranged to re-connect with Indian stakeholders. The event is presented by STB together with Travel Weekly Asia.

An important highlight of the event is the panel discussion titled ‘Power up for a safe return to cruising in Singapore’. It had all the industry veterans like Naresh Rawal, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Genting Cruise Lines, Varun Chadha, Chief Executive Officer, TIRUN Travel Marketing, Sanjay Kothari, Founder and Managing Director, Just Holidays and Pradeep Saboo, Managing Director, Guideline Travels. It will be moderated by G.B Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East and South Asia, Singapore Tourism Board.

To quote G.B. Srithar, “Pre Covid-19, India was Singapore’s top source market for cruise tourism. While commercial travel between the two countries remain 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.”

To quote Varun Chadha, “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 travelers, given its strong reputation for hygiene and safety, which should give visitors a peace of mind.”

While speaking about the development, Naresh Rawal stated, “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.”

To quote Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., “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,” he added.

From November 2020, Singapore has piloted safe cruises, with improved set of rules to defend the health of the passengers from pre-boarding to disembarkation. Since the pilot kicked off, more than 120,000 Singapore residents have set sail on approximately 90 sailings on Genting’s World Dream and RCI’s Quantum of the Seas from Singapore, with no reported cases of COVID-19 spreading on board.

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