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Costa Cruises and Singapore Tourism Board form strategic partnership
Costa Cruises and Singapore Tourism Board form strategic partnership

Costa Cruises, the cruise company in Europe and South America, has formed a global strategic marketing partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board to engage in joint marketing initiatives in  the Asia Pacific and European markets for above and below the line cruise promotional campaigns.

To heighten awareness of cruising as a desired travel option, joint mass-market advertising, product awareness seminars for travel industry partners and product brochures to consumers have been planned.

These marketing initiatives will be launched first in Australia, then in Europe in July 2007. The Indonesia and India markets will follow in 2008.

During winter 2006/7 season, Costa Marina offered 11-night and 14 or 15-night cruises departing from Singapore to the most scenic destinations in the Asia Pacific and also a magnificent 33-night cruise from Singapore to ports in the Middle East, India and Italy. This year, Costa Allegra will commence cruises from Singapore on November 3, on its 14-night ‘The Jewels of the Far East’ tour with visits to Asia Pacific’s most fascinating ports.

Passengers will cruise from Singapore in the early evening, making stops in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang in Vietnam; Sanya Hainan Island in China; Hong Kong; Manila in the Phillippines; Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia; and Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei, before returning to Singapore.

Costa Cruises’ Vice President of Pacific Asia Operations, Massimo Brancaleoni, says the partnership will provide more variety and greater flexibility for tourists wishing to visit the Far East.

"We are very excited by the opportunities this alliance represents," says Mr Brancaleoni. "Singapore is a unique world city, famous for its blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. It, as a destination in itself, is a major attraction for tourists."

"’The Jewels of the Far East’ program combines the visit to this Asian world-class city, together with a cruise on our majestic and fun-filled ship travelling to exciting and exotic destinations. We are confident guests can now experience a once-in-a-lifetime holiday".

Mr Brancaleoni says Singapore is an ideal cruise hub, with the tranquil waters providing year round optimum cruising conditions.

"Cruise companies are recognising the attractiveness and charm of Asia as a cruising playground and many are beginning to grow their presence in Asia. We are happy to work with Costa Cruises to develop and market more new and exciting itineraries that showcase the best of Singapore and Asia," said Ms. Carrie Kwik, Director of Cluster Development, Sightseeing and Cruise, of the Singapore Tourism Board. "We hope cruise passengers will tap on Singapore’s excellent air connectivity and embark on an adventure to cruise through Asia to experience its exotic charms."

Costa will berth at the Singapore Cruise Centre, located next to Singapore’s newest attraction, VivoCity, Singapore’s largest retail, entertainment and lifestyle destination.

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