Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, announced its 2016 Port & Destination Summit, taking place on Tuesday, September 20 in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, one day ahead of Seatrade Cruise Med, the largest cruise industry gathering in Europe.
Restructured and enhanced based on member feedback, the highly anticipated annual summit delivers dynamic and audience-generated content. Now in its third year, it is the key event for anyone in, or seeking greater engagement with, the global cruise port and destination community.
"The Port & Destination Summit offers an unrivalled opportunity to connect with key industry players from various segments of our community, providing the perfect setting to collaborate and make a lasting impact on the future of our industry," said Bo Larsen, VP, strategic partnership, CLIA. "Last year's summit was very well received and we are developing and enhancing the platform for this year. I am delighted to welcome our members to Tenerife."
The event platform gathers decision-makers from cruise line port operations, destination development, shore excursion and itinerary planning to join CLIA Executive Partners representing port authorities, port agencies, tourism and destination management organisations and related maritime professionals for a full day of networking, education and high-level discussion on matters of fundamental significance to the port and destination community.
The CLIA itinerary planning workshop, a highlight from the 2015 event, and developed by David Selby of Travelyields, has added new challenges and opportunities for this year's attendees. An interactive roundtable that includes industry experts and peer-lead sessions, the workshop equips delegates with practical and actionable tools to implement immediately. In addition, the exceptionally popular Business Exchange Session, featuring pre-bookable 1-2-1 meetings with 40 cruise line decision makers from more than 20 diverse cruise line brands will also return this year.
"After experiencing the success of the highly competitive itinerary planning workshop in Hamburg last year, I am looking forward to ensuring that this year my team wins," said Elisabetta De Nardo, director port operations, Silversea Cruises. "The summit is the best networking event for anyone in the Port & Destination community for both experienced key players and new to the industry executives."
On the following day, Wednesday, September 21, CLIA Executive Partners are invited to join executives from CLIA’s Cruise Line Members for an evening of cocktails, canapes and networking at the annual CLIA Europe Cocktail Reception.
Registration for the Summit is now open and early bird rates are available until July 14. For more information, please visit http://cliaportanddestinationsummit2016.eventbrite.co.uk
Seatrade Cruise Med (previously known as the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention), is the major biennial cruise event focused on the world's second largest cruise destination – the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas. Hosted by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the three-day event, takes place from September 21-23, 2016 at the International Trade Fair and Congress Centre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.