Figures released by CruiseBritain show that more passengers than ever before visited Great Britain through the country’s 57 cruise ports in 2014. Some 110 individual ships called into UK ports, with many ships calling on multiple occasions, and these ships brought a record 922,000 passengers on day calls, a rise of six per cent over 2013. A total of 53 different cruise lines visited UK ports in 2014 from Kirkwall, Orkney in the far north to the Channel Islands and the Isles of Scilly off the south coast.
Pierfrancesco Vago, chairman, Cruise Lines International Association Europe, has announced from the 30th annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference that more Europeans than ever booked a cruise in 2013. Number reached a record of 6.357 million. This is a four per cent increase since 2012 and a doubling of the European cruise market in just eight years.
In addition to complimentary educational sessions presented by Cruise Lines International Association, Cruise Shipping Miami is offering cruise sellers free access to the industry’s largest and most prominent networking opportunity, a chance to walk the show floor all three days and admission to the Welcome Reception Tuesday evening.
The four-day conference program of the 30th annual Cruise Shipping Miami is to feature four thematic “tracks” for 2014: “Ship and Ship Operations,” “Global Geography of Cruise Tourism,” “Market Segments,” and “Cruise Product Development.”
Seven heads of leading cruise lines are set to discuss the industry’s current trends and future direction at the State of the Industry session slated for Tuesday, March 12, at the 29th annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference. The session also features Christine Duffy, president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association, who will lead off with the State of the Industry address, and David Scowsill, president and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council, who will provide the keynote speech.
The conference portion of the annual Cruise Shipping Miami event, slated for March 11-14, has been revamped for its 29th edition. There will be more concurrent sessions Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday and Thursday, and the panels will be just 90 minutes long.
The top executives of Cruise Lines International Association have spoken to delegates gathered at Cruise Shipping Miami, offering their views on cruising’s safety record and policies as well as the industry’s prospects and commitment to growth in the coming months and years.
Officials at the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and UBM International, the organizers of Cruise Shipping Miami, the international cruise industry’s largest annual exhibition and conference, have welcomed the decision by Governor Sean Parnell of Alaska to address the conference.
Cruise Shipping Miami – the biggest annual gathering of industry insiders – has opened at the Miami Beach Convention Centre amid an air of optimism.