Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) recently provided a talk for some 100 youths on cruise careers and industry developments at the Plymouth University x HKU SPACE Day.
The talk was part of a seminar at the Plymouth University x HKU SPACE Day jointly organized by the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) and Plymouth University, with the aim of promoting youth employment in the cruise industry and fostering its growth in the local sector. The Day featured several seminars given by industry veterans from Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, international cruise line and maritime association, which provided youths with information about the cruise and maritime industries. Following the seminars, programme information sessions were also held to provide students with details of the tourism and hospitality programmes organized by HKU SPACE and Plymouth University.
As the keynote speaker of the event, Jeff Bent, Managing Director of Worldwide Cruise Terminals which operates the Hong Kong Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, gave an overview of the development history of Kai Tak and the prospects of the cruise industry. Other speakers included Laura Escobar, Purser Trainer of HKCYIA, and Michael Cheng, Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Sea Transport and Logistics Association. The speakers provided insights on the ever-changing business environment in the cruise and maritime logistics industries.
Laura Escobar, Purser Trainer of HKCYIA, who has over 10 years of experience in the management of European cruises, gave a talk titled “Living and
Working on board a Cruise, how does it like?”, in which she presented the job requirements, living and working conditions of cruise careers, and shared her views on the future development of the cruise sector. The seminar was well received by participants, with many enquiries about the cruise careers and their prospects.
To drive participant engagement and enhance their understanding of the cruise industry, HKU SPACE and HKCYIA jointly organized a lucky draw with travel vouchers from Lotus Tours and Jebsen Holidays for the winners.