SEATRADE MIAMI_After moving to Ft. Lauderdale, SeaTrade Cruise Global 2019 once again returned to Miami following an extensive refurbishing of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Cruise industry exectives were joined by thousands of attendees and 700 exhibitors representing every facet of the cruise business. And business is booming.
Kelly Craighead, the president and CEO of the Cruise Lines Industry Association (CLIA), confirmed that in her opening remarks on Tuesday with these stats:
Ms. Craighead also spoke about the industry's commitment to protect the environment, including reducing carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030. The environment was among several themes taken up by the "State of the Industry" panel discussion that followed, moderated by Lucy Hockings of BBC World News. Panelists included Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises executive chairman, Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean, Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival and Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian.
Among the points they made:
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