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Published on : Wednesday, March 9, 2016
CLIA will host two networking events exclusively for its Executive Partner Members, giving them the opportunity to engage and build relationships with more than 100 key cruise line executives. CLIA Business on the Beach, a cocktail and networking reception, is set for Monday evening, the eve of Seatrade Cruise Global. CLIA Connect, conveniently located on the trade show floor, will host CLIA Executive Partner and Cruise Line members on Wednesday afternoon at the CLIA booth. Both events require registration.
Acting CEO Cindy D’Aoust will welcome attendees at the 2016 State of the Global Cruise Industry Session from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Setting the course of the annual event, the session focuses on cruise industry innovation, featuring key executives from the world’s leading cruise lines and members of CLIA’s Global Executive Committee, including: Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation; Frank Del Rio, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.; Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises; and Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The State of the Global Cruise Industry session will also include a panel of three additional cruise line leaders – Charles A. Robertson, Chairman & CEO, American Cruise Lines; Edie Rodriguez, President & CEO, Crystal Cruises; and Tara Russell, President, Fathom and Global Impact Lead, Carnival Corporation. These leaders will speak to their cruise lines’ innovative approaches. Travel Detective Peter Greenberg will moderate the sessions and Peter Yesawich, Vice Chairman, MMGY Global, will share relevant research and insights.
CLIA continues to enhance its international Executive Partner Membership Program to provide members with a competitive advantage in the global cruise industry. New 2016 benefits include an invitation to the CLIA Summit At Sea, invitations to inaugural cruises on new ship launches, exclusive promotional opportunities on CLIA Cruise tv, special cruise line offers and the new EMBARC ID. Attendees interested in learning more about the program are invited to visit the CLIA Booth at #1003 at the Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.
Today, 275 CLIA Executive Partners unite Ports & Destinations, Travel & Tourism providers, Technical & Supply Chain providers and Professional Service providers with Cruise Lines and Travel Agency and Individual Agent Members to create the CLIA global cruise community. CLIA is committed to being the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community.
“The CLIA events at Seatrade Cruise Global are designed to maximize our Members networking power and conference experience,” said Cindy D’Aoust, acting CEO, CLIA. “I am confident that the topics and conversation throughout the week will be invaluable to those in attendance and set the stage for another successful year for the entire cruise industry.”