National Association Of Passenger Vessel Owners Annual Convention And Exhibition

Honolulu, Hawaii, January 16-21, 1991 The Annual Convention of the National Association of Passenger Vessel Owners (NAPVO) will be held on January 16-21, 1991 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. A post-convention meeting will occur on Maui Island on January 21-23.

Last year's convention in Boston drew more than 400 people. "There was definitely an upbeat feeling to the event," declared Holly Agra, NAPVO's president. Ms. Agra, vice president of Mercury Sightseeing Boats in Chicago, 111., was elected the organization's president at the 1990 convention.

Vessel owners and their suppliers flocked to sessions dealing with business and regulatory issues. The 55 exhibit booths at the 1990 Annual Convention was the largest in NAPVO's history.

Twelve workshops led by knowledgeable NAPVO members and industry specialists informed the membership on the key issues in such areas as vessel maintenance, Photo: The American Hawaii Cruises' U.S.

flag liner Constitution off the Hawaiian coast.

drug testing, Coast Guard inspections, and new business opportunities.

This year's convention is expected to be just as informative.

NAPVO has invited three special guest speakers to address the conference.

Rear Adm. Joel D. Sipes, Chief, Office of Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection, Washington, D.C., Frederick Muldoon, Marsh & McLennan, and Dr. Suzanne Cook, executive director of the U.S. Travel Data Center, a national nonprofit center for travel and tourism research, are all scheduled to speak.

Admiral Sipes directs a coordinated federal port safety and security program; an active marine environmental protection program; a program for the construction, inspection and certification of merchant vessels; the development of comprehensive marine safety standards; the licensing and certificating of U.S. Merchant Marine personnel; and represents the U.S. in various related international maritime forums.

Mr. Muldoon joined Marsh & McLennan in 1986. His particular area of expertise is in loss prevention, occupational health and fire protection, with specific emphasis on food processing, chemical operations, beverage manufacturing, and comprehensive risk studies.

Dr. Cook supervised the design of a computerized model to forecast vacation travel and frequently speaks at industry conference specializing in consumer marketing research related to travel and tourism.

This year's convention is expected to draw as many as 350 attendees representing the leadership of the small passenger vessel market in the U.S. Among the topics listed on the convention's program are: "How the Jones Act Applies to Passenger Vessels"; "Vessel Maintenance: Tips for Keeping the Ship Ship-Shape"; "Assessing the Impact of Gambling on the Passenger Vessel Industry"; and "Passenger Ferries: A Growth Segment of the Passenger Vessel Industry." On Saturday, January 19, attendees will be able to take a special cruise sponsored by Navatek Ships Ltd. aboard the SWATH vessel Navatek I. The cruise vessel is the first U.S. commercial passenger-car - rying Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull ship.

For further details on the NAPVO Annual Convention, contact: Eric Scharf, executive director, National Association of Passenger Vessel Owners, 1511 K Street, NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20005; telephone: (202) 638-5310.

1991 NAPVO Convention Program Wednesday, January 16 9 a.m.-noon—Committee meetings.

Noon-5:30 p.m.—Board of directors meeting.

Noon-6 p.m.—General registration.

7-9 p.m.—Icebreaker reception in the exhibition hall.

Thursday, January 17 8-9:30 a.m.—Captain's breakfast.

9:30 a.m.-l:30 p.m.—Exhibits and general registration.

9:30-10:30 a.m.—"Tour and Travel Industry Trends: How They Affect the Passenger Vessel Industry," by Dr. Suzanne Cook.

10:45 a.m.-Noon—Workshops and Panel Discussions.

"Computerizing Your Business." "Safety: Avoiding Slips and Falls." "How to Create Low-Cost Effective Advertising." Noon-l:30 p.m.—Lunch with exhibitors in the exhibit hall.

4:15-8:30 p.m.—Dinner cruise on the Rella Mae, Windjammer Cruises.

Friday, January 18 8 a.m.-l:30 p.m.—Registration/exhibitor trade show.

8-10 a.m.—Plenary session—report from the public policy committee.

10:15 a.m.-noon—Plenary session— "Reducing Your Insurance Premiums Through Risk Management," by Fred Muldoon, Marsh & McLennan, Inc.

Noon-l:30 p.m.—Lunch in exhibit area.

1:30-3 p.m.—Exhibitor trade show— nonmembers only.

1:45-3 p.m.—NAPVO business meeting.

3-4 p.m.—Nonmember recruiting meeting.

3-4:30 p.m.—Workshops: "Success in Gift Shops: How Does the System Work?" "How the Jones Act Applies to Passenger Vessels." "Marketing that Works: Tips for the Small Business." 6 p.m.—Dinner break.

8:30-10:30 p.m.—Evening cocktail cruise. Sail on the Paradise Cruise sponsored by the Western Region.

Saturday, January 19 9 a.m.—Breakfast in exhibit area.

8-10:15 a.m.—Registration/exhibitor trade show.

9-10:15 a.m.—Regional meetings and ferry boat council meeting.

10:30 a.m.-noon—Workshops: "Interior Decorating: Keeping within Coast Guard Rules," by Jane Ganz, Directions in Design.

"Watching the Home Front: Addressing State Legislative Issues." Panel: Northwest Charter Boat Association, Reg White, Paradise Cruises.

"Drug Testing: Reports from the Waters." Noon-l:30 p.m.—Congressional luncheon— Sen. Daniel Inouye (invited).

1:30-2:30 p.m.—Members best idea roundtables.

3-5 p.m.—SWATH Vessel Cruise sponsored by Navatek Ships Ltd.

Dinner break.

Sunday, January 20 8-11:30 a.m.—Exhibitor trade show/registration 9-10:15 a.m.—Plenary session—Update on Marine Safety. Rear Adm. Joel Sipes, Chief, Marine Safety, USCG.

10:30-11:30 a.m.—NAPVO business meeting.

11:30 a.m.-l:15 p.m.—Lunch.

1:15-2:30 p.m.—Workshops: "Vessel Maintenance: Tips for Keeping the Ship Ship-Shape," by Gary Frommelt.

"Assessing the Impact of Gambling on the Passenger Vessel Industry." "Drug Testing: Current Legal Issues," by Art Rogers, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston.

2:45-4 p.m.—Workshops: "Passenger Ferries: A Growth Segment of Passenger Vessel Industry," by Fred Hall.

"Voyage to Nowhere: The Status of U.S.

and Foreign-Flag Activity," by Larry Evans, Transportation Institute.

"Working in a Family Business." 7-10 p.m.—Closing banquet/award presentations.

Monday, January 21 8:30-10 a.m.—Board of directors meeting and breakfast.

Post-convention program. Travel to Maui (additional fee).

6-8 p.m.—Welcoming reception.

Tuesday, January 22 9-11 a.m.—Brunch/plenary session— "Learn from Your Peers—Successful Marketing Tips." 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.—Golf tournament/ tennis outing.

6-10 p.m.—Boat event.

Wednesday, January 23 9-11 a.m.—Brunch/plenary session— "Learn from Your Peers—Developing New Ventures."

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