Oct. 9, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises presented the inaugural
Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia
tonight during the Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Welcome Reception in
Joined on stage by Rebbapragada's wife Patricia, Bayley presented the award to Ms.
Ong Huey Hong
, Director, Cruise with the Singapore Tourism Board, in recognition of her influential role in the development of
Marina Bay Cruise Centre, which has proven to be a catalyst in transforming
cruise landscape. Among her multiple achievements,
actively pushed for the creation of the Cruise Development Fund to accelerate deployment in the region, not only helping to grow
cruise industry, but creating economic benefits for neighboring countries with the increasing numbers of ships calling in
. In addition, Ong identified the need to grow the distribution channels, working closely with the Asia Cruise Association to expand the pool of cruise specialists in key source markets including
is a clear advocate and champion for the cruise industry, and exemplifies the values Rama demonstrated to all of us over two decades," said Bayley.
The Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference and trade show will continue tomorrow with a full day of concurrent sessions, CLIA Australasia travel agent training, and networking on the trade show floor. Conference session details can be found at cruiseshippingasia.com or by
Visitors may register to attend on site at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at the Marina Bay Sands.