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April 16, 2014 by Christine Duffy

What an exciting week! CLIA’s 10th anniversary cruise3sixty conference and trade show took place April 2-6 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale with one of the largest attendances in the show’s history. More than 1,800 delegates, including a record 1,200 travel agents, attended. The theme was looking toward the future and I am thrilled to say that conference participants were overwhelmingly optimistic about the next decade.

And why shouldn’t they be?  We’re serving more passengers every year, with 2014 global passengers projected to reach 21.7 million. We’ve had...

April 7, 2014 by Guest Post

Today's guest blog post is from Bud Darr, CLIA's Senior Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs. 

 

In late March, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held one of a series of forums that it conducts periodically across a range of transportation sectors to educate and inform members of the Board, as well as the public, on the current state of safety practices.  Last week’s forum was on the cruise industry.

CLIA and its member lines participated in the forum, and we were pleased to share the industry’s perspective on its safety record,...

March 18, 2014 by Christine Duffy

Christine Duffy presenting at Cruise Shipping Miami’s keynote session.

This past week marked the 30th anniversary of Cruise Shipping Miami, the premier annual event of the global cruise industry. Once again, our plates were full as the week included a bevy of activities.

This year, optimism abounded and the focus was on the industry’s opportunities for continued growth as the consensus among the many cruise executives who...

March 17, 2014 by Christine Duffy

In early March I delivered a speech at the opening session of ITB Berlin. The world's largest tourism trade fair, this annual event brings together representatives from every segment of our industry. Following another year of positive growth for the cruise industry, ITB provided a great opportunity to discuss cruising’s new trends and future opportunities.

The big news came from a research study on Germany’s cruise market developed by CLIA Germany with the German Travel Association, DRV. The results were introduced at a press conference with Michael Ungerer, Chairman of CLIA Germany...

February 26, 2014 by Christine Duffy

In an annual Washington tradition, President Obama this week welcomed Governors from all 50 states to the White House to discuss policy priorities for the year and find new ways to strengthen the partnerships between states and the federal government.

This annual meeting of the National Governors Association and the President represents a good occasion to take stock of the enormous economic impact the cruise industry produces in all 50 states, and how the growth of the cruise industry over the last decade has brought real benefits to every corner of the country.

In 2012,...

February 25, 2014 by Christine Duffy

CLIA and its member lines recognize that ports are critical to the cruise experience as both cruise lines and destinations can benefit significantly by providing excellent service to passengers who embark and disembark cruise ships across the globe.

At CLIA, we have had extensive discussions on how we can more directly engage this important constituency on operational and strategic issues.  The result was the recent announcement of CLIA’s establishment of a Global Ports Committee as well as new regional committees being established in the Americas, Australasia and Asia in addition to...

February 18, 2014 by Christine Duffy

A number of recent news articles have mischaracterized the incidence of gastrointestinal illness, or norovirus, on cruise ships and were remiss in providing proper context for the public.   Consumers deserve some key facts on this issue.

First, the incidence of norovirus aboard cruise ships is remarkably low, especially compared with land-based venues like hotels and restaurants.  In 2013, seven norovirus outbreaks on CLIA member lines were reported under the proper protocol to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), involving a total of 1,238 passengers out of the approximately 21.3...

February 12, 2014 by Guest Post

Today's guest post is from Brett Jardine, General Manager, CLIA Australasia.

Greetings from Down Under at CLIA Australasia! It has been a hectic few weeks for us with the delivery of the inaugural cruise3sixty Australasia last week – the first time cruise3sixty has been held outside of North America.

Australasia was a natural venue to host the first non-North American cruise3sixty. We have a robust travel agency and agent member program and our market is seeing tremendous growth. In the past five years, Australasia has seen an incredible 130% increase in its share of...

February 11, 2014 by Christine Duffy

Only four times in their 90-year history have the Winter Olympics been held in a port city.  And this year, with the Black Sea port city of Sochi serving as host, the cruise industry is getting into the Olympic spirit to play a central part in the hospitality at the Games.

Four cruise ships dropped anchor in the Sochi harbor to offer luxury accommodations to thousands of passengers visiting the global event, including some of the industry’s biggest names.

For example,...

January 23, 2014 by Christine Duffy

Christine Duffy and Jim Berra, CLIA Marketing Committee Chair and Carnival Cruise Lines’ Chief Marketing Officer.

The news was positive last week during CLIA’s annual State of the Cruise Industry press conference and media marketplace in New York City. With more than 45 journalists, 14 representatives from CLIA member cruise lines and two U.S. port representatives in attendance I, along with...

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