On winning the ICT tender, Mr Tan Chuan Lye, Acting CEO of SATS, said, “We are honoured to be chosen as the terminal operator for the ICT by Singapore Tourism Board. We understand the pivotal role of the new ICT in the growth of Singapore’s cruise industry. SATS and Creuers will leverage our respective strengths and competencies in aviation gateway and cruise terminal operations to offer innovative, quality services to the cruise lines, while enhancing the travel experience of cruise passengers at the various touch points within the ICT.”
Mr Carlos F. Domingo-Pagès, Managing Director of Creuers , remarked, “Creuers has accumulated extensive and in-depth knowledge of the cruise industry and has been instrumental in increasing Barcelona’s cruise passenger traffic to become the largest cruise port operator in Europe. Together with our partner SATS, we intend to collaborate with STB and the industry stakeholders to grow and anchor Singapore’s position as the premier regional cruise hub and the leading homeport for major cruise lines.”
Presently constituting only nine per cent of the total global cruise market share by revenue, Asia holds much potential for development as a new region for cruising. Singapore’s cruise passenger throughput has grown steadily, registering an annual compounded growth rate of 4.3% from 2006 to 2010. In 2010, Singapore welcomed over 1 million cruise passengers. STB remains committed to working collaboratively with all industry partners to support the long term growth of the cruise industry in Singapore and the region.
When opened, the ICT will double Singapore’s berth capacity and accommodate the new generation of larger cruise liners. It is expected to commence the initial phase of operations in the second quarter of 2012.
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About SATS-Creuers Cruise Services Pte Ltd
SATS-Creuers Cruise Services Pte Ltd is a 60:40 joint venture company formed by SATS and Creuers to operate and manage the new Singapore International Cruise Terminal at the Marina South. SATS holds the majority stake in the joint venture company.
With more than 60 years of operating experience, SATS is Singapore’s leading provider of Gateway Services and Food Solutions. Its comprehensive scope of gateway services encompasses airfreight handling, passenger services, ramp handling, baggage handling, aviation security, aircraft interior and exterior cleaning while its food solutions business comprises airline catering, food distribution and logistics, institutional catering as well as airline linen laundry. SATS has presence in 35 airports in Asia and the Middle East. Its non-aviation food business extends beyond Singapore to China and Australia.
Creuers is the leading international cruise terminal operator in Europe. Founded in 1999, it has built and operates five homeport cruise terminals in the Port of Barcelona designed for the largest cruise ships in the world. Today, it handles over 600 regular ship calls annually, with seven simultaneous ships on some days. Under Creuers’ stewardship, the Port of Barcelona is now the fourth largest cruise homeport in the world after Port Everglades, Port of Miami and Port Canaveral, in terms of passenger throughput. Creuers owns 80% of Cruceros Malaga S.A., a cruise terminal operator, running two cruise terminals in the Port of Malaga.
About the Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is a leading economic development agency in tourism, one of Singapore’s key service sectors. Known for partnership, innovation and excellence, STB champions tourism, making it a key economic driver for Singapore. We aim to differentiate and market Singapore as a must-visit destination offering a concentration of user-centric and enriching experiences through the “YourSingapore” brand. For more information, please visit www.stb.gov.sg or www.yoursingapore.com.