The Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, John Tercek is planning to visit Sri Lanka in September on the invitation of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau, officials said last week. Accordingly, Tercek will be the keynote speaker at the Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC) conference to be held in Colombo from 24 – 26 September 2015. The official is expected to hold discussions with the business community and seek investment opportunities.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCI) is one of top cruise lines in the business ranked at no. 3 by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) for cruises and voyages offered in Asia for 2015, with a 20% market share for sailings and an average length of 5.2 cruise nights.

Cruise Tourism has seen a substantial growth in Sri Lanka with numbers increasing from 18 cruise line visits in 2011, 22 in 2014 and 40 visits this year. SLTPB recently participated at the Sea Trade Cruise Asia held in Busan, South Korea in June 2015 as a first step towards setting the trend for promotion of the industry.