CLIA successfully gathers world’s cruise lines, ports and destinations community in Barcelona

Associations — By on September 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM
Giora Israel addeessing the Port & Destiantion Summit

Giora Israel addressing the Port & Destination Summit

Common opportunities and challenges lie at the heart of the debate

New platform fosters unique engagement opportunities 

Barcelona, September 15th, 2014 – CLIA, the association representing the global cruise industry, has successfully demonstrated its commitment to actively engage with the port and destination community by creating an inclusive industry platform to exchange ideas on opportunities and find solutions to challenges lying ahead. CLIA’s European Port & Destination Summit 2014 has taken place today at Barcelona’s Hilton Hotel just one day before the city hosts the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention.

With a fresh, new format, today’s Summit was fully subscribed and included a number of roundtable discussions, presentations, and concurrent sessions. It brought together 170 delegates from 30 countries, primarily representatives from port authorities, destinations, shore excursion operators, and port agents; as well as 30 senior cruise line executives. Participants had unique opportunities to interact and network with cruise lines executives at the highest levels.

Participants were welcomed in the morning with keynote speeches by Christine Duffy, CLIA’s President and CEO, and Howard Frank, CLIA’s Global Chairman, focusing on the need for cruise lines, ports and destinations who  face common challenges to continue working and growing together.

Christine Duffy, CLIA’s President and CEO, said:

“With the global cruise industry achieving strong year-on-year growth, CLIA’s member cruise lines are continuously launching new and exciting itineraries around the world. The need to engage with the ports and destinations our ships visit is of crucial importance to us. Today’s Summit serves the industry well as a platform to foster high-level discussions on common opportunities and challenges while enhancing relationships between cruise lines, ports, destinations and service providers.”

Giora Israel, Senior Vice President for Global Port and Destination Development at Carnival Corporation and Chairman of CLIA’s Global Port & Destination Committee, said:

“We are delighted with the outcome of today’s Port & Destination Summit. This new platform, driven by CLIA’s cruise line members, has given all stakeholders a unique opportunity to engage on key topics during focused sessions. Thanks to the new format that we have implemented, participants have been able to engage in relevant and open dialogue with key cruise line executives more than ever before. The matters of greatest importance to cruise ports and destinations have been central to the agenda, seeking to further strengthen the key relationships between ports, destinations and cruise lines.”

Bo Larsen, CLIA’s Global Director of Port Engagement and Business Development, said:

“The list of key topics discussed during the day included port infrastructure, destination development, and itinerary planning. We have systematically collected the feedback received during today’s sessions and in the coming months, CLIA’s Global and European Port & Destination committees will use this valuable input to focus our work in the areas most relevant for ongoing engagement with our partners and stakeholders.

“We will certainly repeat today’s Port & Destination Summit with a new edition next year and look to expand this program in other regions around the world.”


1. About CLIA

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines, travel agents, port authorities and destinations, and various industry business partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members. CLIA’s Associate Member and Executive Partner programs include the industry’s leading providers of supplies and services that help cruise lines provide a safe, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable holiday vacation experience for millions of passengers every year. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit CLIA can also be followed on the Cruise Lines International Association’s Facebook and Twitter fan pages, and CEO Christine Duffy can be followed @CLIACEO and


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