Description/achievement of initiative
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA A) and SPTO share a common interest in developing the cruise tourism industry in the Pacific region and have identified areas where the two organisations can work together to promote and develop a strategic way forward for the industry in the region.This partnership is an undertaking between CLIA A and SPTO to work together to grow cruise tourism in the South Pacific in a manner that is both sustainable and brings economic and social benefits to the region.The partnership aims to achieve this through combining the resources, networks and experience of the partners, leveraging their respective memberships and providing a leadership forum for the cruise industry in the region. The projects implemented through this partnership will aim to serve the interests of both the SPTO member nations and the cruise lines that bring tourists to the islands.Specifically, it will create a platform of information and insights for developing a coordinated and collaborative strategic plan for cruise tourism in the Pacific.For the Pacific cruise destinations, it will help them:(i) Prepare to benefit from the growth and success of cruise tourism in our part of the world;(ii) Understand how the cruise industry works, set their expectations and address the practicalities, including the facilities and services they need to provide.For the Cruise Lines and member nations, it is to provide essential information and analysis on capacity, source markets, destinations and an assessment of challenges and constraints of operating in the region.
The partnership will be governed by a series of meetings between CLIA A and SPTO. It is proposed that these be held on a quarterly basis at a mutually convenient location with specific timing to be determined by availability and the timing of relevant conference etc. These meetings will be attended by the respective CEOs of the two organisations together with the relevant executive staff.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Capacity building and knowledge/technology transfer will happen at multiple levels. Most directly, and within the South Pacific, capacity building initiatives will be led by SPTO through regional forums and selected country workshops. The other partnership organisation will support SPTO in these initiatives and provide input and technical expertise.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The partners enter into this partnership while wishing to maintain their own separate and unique missions and mandates, and their own accountabilities. Both partners will bring to each other's attention any major development activities and/or opportunities and to work towards mutually beneficial outcomes in terms of the growth of the cruise tourism sector. Both organisations will share information that is necessary to assist each partner in achieving the purpose and partnership principles, such as, technical reports, minutes of meetings, activity reports. Each partner will accept full and sole responsibility for any and all expenses incurred by itself relating to the partnership. Nothing in the partnership will be construed as superseding or interfering in any way with any agreements or contracts entered into among the partners, either prior to or subsequent to the establishment of this partnership. Furthermore, nothing in this partnership will be construed as an exclusive working relationship. The partners acknowledge that this partnership does not create an obligation to provide funds, nor does it constitute a legally binding commitment by any party or create any rights in any third party. Both partners will amicably settle any unexpected dispute or controversy that may arise out of this arrangement, in accordance with the rules and procedures of both organisations.
SOUTH PACIFIC TOURISM ORGANISATION
CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CLIA A)