Feb 20, 2014

CLIA President & CEO Christine Duffy Conducts Panel on the Future of the Cruise Industry

Fort Lauderdale, FL — February 20, 2014 —
Four of the cruise industry’s most influential leaders will offer their expert insight to an audience of CLIA member agents during a panel on the first day of cruise3sixty 2014, the only official cruise conference of the cruise industry. The 10th Anniversary of the successful conference and trade show will take place April 2-6, 2014 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The four top executives who will be part of the panel include Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc; Richard D. Fain, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Kevin Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line; and Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises. The panel is part of Cruise Lines International Association’s vision to continuously innovate and bring the best tools to member agents based on their needs.

“It is an honor to have four of the cruise industry’s top leaders lend their incredible knowledge to our most important event of the year,” says CLIA President & CEO Christine Duffy. “For our member agents in attendance, hearing from these successful leaders and their vision for the future is sure to be a great way to kick off the conference.”

In addition to the executive panel, Duffy will deliver the keynote address offering an overview of the current state of the cruise industry and CLIA’s continued commitment to the travel agent community. The event also will feature an outstanding line up of general session speakers, an expected record 25-plus ship inspections, cruise line showcases, product and destination workshops, a dynamic business-oriented trade show and CLIA’s annual Hall of Fame Gala evening. It will also include 10 new CLIA training seminars that are part of a completely redesigned CLIA educational curriculum, which has been created based on travel agent feedback, to be more contemporary in content and format.

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