Cruise Lines International Association has announced it has added two new members to its global leadership team. Andy Harmer, former vice president, operations & director, UK & Ireland, has been promoted to senior vice president, membership. At the same time, Bo Larsen, former vice president, strategic partnerships, has also been promoted to senior vice president, strategic partnerships.
The Cruise Lines International Association has released the 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, detailing a steady pace of cruise travel interest and significant investment in the industry. The increase in cruise travel is expected to continue throughout 2017, with an estimated 25.3 million passengers expected to sail in 2017, a strong surge from 15.8 million just ten years’ prior.
The CLIA Europe general assembly has voted to appoint Kyriakos Anastassiadis, chief executive of Celestyal Cruises, as the organisation’s next chairman. First appointed to the European executive committee of the Cruise Lines International Association three years ago, Anastassiadis takes over the role from Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, who has been the organisation’s chairman for the last three years.
Cruise Lines International Association has announced the addition of new Regional Cruise Line Member – French America Line, America’s premium river cruise tour. The river cruise company joins the growing number of CLIA Cruise Line Members, totalling 62 cruise lines.
Cruise Lines International Association has announced the cruise industry has surpassed 2015 ocean cruise passenger projections and has increased passenger expectations for 2016 – a sign the industry is stronger than ever. CLIA unveiled the new insights at the 2016 Cruise360 Conference in Vancouver, the largest conference of the cruise industry.
Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland, which brings together cruise lines, travel agents and travel partners to promote ocean and river holidays, has appointed Hills Balfour to co-ordinate its consumer public relations. The pitch was a five way invitation only process.
As part of ongoing enhancements to their Executive Partner Membership Program, Cruise Lines International Association is launching the Summit At Sea, a unique new networking and educational opportunity. The event, which will be hosted on-board MSC’s Preziosa, January 8th-11th, 2016, is exclusively offered to CLIA’s Executive Partner and Cruise Line Members.
Cruise Lines International Association has announced Thomas Ostebo will join the organisation as president and chief executive officer, effective July 6th. Selected by CLIA’s Global Executive Committee, Ostebo will oversee CLIA operations both domestically and internationally, working directly with his senior leadership team to execute the organisation’s vision and work on behalf of CLIA members.
The popularity of river cruises has continued to grow with the number of UK passengers taking a holiday on waterways in Europe and further afield growing by six per cent in 2014, according to figures released by CLIA UK & Ireland. The number of British travellers taking a river cruise grew by almost 8,000, taking the total number to 139,400 in 2014.Europe remains by far the most popular region for UK travellers to take a river cruise accounting for 86 per cent of all passengers.
The newly-formed Cruise Lines International Association bodies in south-east and north Asia today released initial findings from the new Asia Cruise Trends Project: “Analysis, Assessment, Appreciation.” The work follows on from the 2013 Asia Cruise Association White Paper: “Information, Intelligence, Insights.” Both projects have been conducted by CHART Management Consultants, a global expert in cruise tourism and strategy.
CLIA Europe, the association representing Europe’s multibillion euro cruise industry, has once again reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to work with ports and port associations to ensure consistent representation of the cruise sector’s interests before public authorities and the media. Speaking in Barcelona at the opening session of Seatrade Med – the major biennial cruise event focused on the Mediterranean market, taking place this week – Pierfrancesco Vago, CLIA Europe’s chairman, said cooperation with port associations is key for the entire sector.
In the last decade, demand for cruising across the globe has increased 77 per cent, from 12 million to 21.3 million passengers. New data released by the Cruise Lines International Association show that worldwide, cruise industry expenditures generated $117 billion in total economic contributions, supporting the employment of 891,009 full-time equivalent employees with total wages of $38.47 billion.