Cruising is the fasted growing sector of the tourism industry worldwide and in New Zealand. It is a sector which last year attracted more than 16 million passengers, with a total of 225 million passengers cruising since 1980. In New Zealand, the growth rate has been nothing short of spectacular. In 1996, 17,000 cruise passengers visited New Zealand whilst approximately 225,000 are forecast to arrive here in the 2012/2013 cruise season. It is a sector which sells dreams to many, transportation to some and a terrific holiday to just about everybody. However, it is a sector which may not be as familiar to everyone as its land-based cousins. In this seminar, Wendy takes you for a whirlwind tour of the industry and a peek at what cruise ships – and their passengers – look like. Bring your lunch, your questions and your curiosity for a look at the ‘secret’ life of cruising.
Wendy is a lapsed lawyer who decided that cruise is much more fun. Wendy is currently doing her PhD on itinerary development in the cruise industry, but is also combining her other passion, technology, with cruise tourism - she and her business partner are about to launch CruiseBubble.com. She also has her own independent cruise consultancy, Cruise Strategy Ltd. Wendy is a confirmed cruise addict, having spent more than 500 days at sea on 21 cruises (so far).