Published on : Thursday, June 30, 2016
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, announced its 2016 Port & Destination Summit, taking place on Tuesday, September 20 in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, one day ahead of Seatrade Cruise Med, the largest cruise industry gathering in Europe.
Restructured and enhanced based on member feedback, the highly anticipated annual summit delivers dynamic and audience-generated content. Now in its third year, it is the key event for anyone in, or seeking greater engagement with, the global cruise port and destination community.
“The Port & Destination Summit offers an unrivalled opportunity to connect with key industry players from various segments of our community, providing the perfect setting to collaborate and make a lasting impact on the future of our industry,” said Bo Larsen, VP, strategic partnership, CLIA. “Last year’s summit was very well received and we are developing and enhancing the platform for this year. I am delighted to welcome our members to Tenerife.”
The event platform gathers decision-makers from cruise line port operations, destination development, shore excursion and itinerary planning to join CLIA Executive Partners representing port authorities, port agencies, tourism and destination management organisations and related maritime professionals for a full day of networking, education and high-level discussion on matters of fundamental significance to the port and destination community.
The CLIA itinerary planning workshop, a highlight from the 2015 event, and developed by David Selby of Travelyields, has added new challenges and opportunities for this year’s attendees. An interactive roundtable that includes industry experts and peer-lead sessions, the workshop equips delegates with practical and actionable tools to implement immediately. In addition, the exceptionally popular Business Exchange Session, featuring pre-bookable 1-2-1 meetings with 40 cruise line decision makers from more than 20 diverse cruise line brands will also return this year.
“After experiencing the success of the highly competitive itinerary planning workshop in Hamburg last year, I am looking forward to ensuring that this year my team wins,” said Elisabetta De Nardo, director port operations, Silversea Cruises. “The summit is the best networking event for anyone in the Port & Destination community for both experienced key players and new to the industry executives.”