Today's guest post is from Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.
For decades, the United States led the world in developing a modern system of travel. American innovation connected people on the roads, rails, seas and skies. Now, chronic underinvestment has diminished our travel infrastructure and its ability to efficiently move travelers. Congress must act now to stave off the serious economic harm that would result from the inability of people and goods to get where they need to go.
Our annual CLIA Leadership Forum is a perfect time for our industry to gather and examine where we have been and what lies ahead.
In 2013, we’ve made significant strides in implementing CLIA’s new global structure. Our efforts have been centered on delivering enhanced value to the industry while representing it internationally with one voice before key global stakeholders. CLIA is now a powerful global advocate, dedicated to creating an economic, regulatory and legislative environment where the cruise industry can continue to grow and thrive.
NBC’s Today Show this morning aired a very one-sided story on the cruise industry that left viewers with a distorted picture of the industry’s safety record and everything that the industry is doing to continuously address and improve passenger safety, comfort and care.
Last week, an excellent piece ran in Travel Weekly on the subject of cruise industry regulation.
I recently spent a number of weeks traveling in Europe, meeting with a number of our cruise line and travel agent members, industry partners and colleagues from CLIA associations across the globe.
I had the pleasure of attending and participating in the Seatrade Europe Cruise & Rivercruise Convention in Hamburg, a valuable opportunity to come together and discuss the state of the industry and its future.
We are honored to have today's post and insights from Guy Young, President & CEO, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, a CLIA member line.
James Alan Fox, Ph. D., is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University in Boston. He has written 18 books, dozens of journal and magazine articles, and hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country. Specializing in the statistical analysis of crime data, he was the founding editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and served as a visiting fellow with the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics focusing on violent crime patterns and trends.
During the July 24 Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the cruise industry a number of inaccurate assertions, while presumably stated in good faith, were made regarding crime on cruise ships and consumer protections under the recently announced Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights, along with a new initiative to publish statistics on all alleged crimes.
Last month, I had the pleasure of participating in CLIA Europe’s annual conference in Brussels. Once again the conference was well attended by CLIA member cruise lines, Executive Partners and European government officials. After a full day of excellent panel discussions and remarks by industry executives and EU dignitaries, I left the conference feeling more optimistic than ever about the opportunities in this very important region for the global cruise industry.
When I got my start in this industry as a travel agent in Pennsylvania, it seemed impossible to think that the cruise industry would have such an impact on a state known for banking and finance.