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Seatrade Cruise Global reveals panelists, themes for 2021 state of the global industry keynote


Cruise industry event returns to Miami Beach Convention Center 27-30 September 2021 celebrating 35th anniversary.

MIAMI – Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s leading annual business-to-business event, announces its highly anticipated 2021 State of the Global Industry Keynote lineup, presented in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Celebrating its 35th anniversary edition with dynamic dialogue surrounding the future of sustainable tourism, the kickoff event moderated by CNBC’s Global Markets Reporter Seema Mody, will host an exclusive round-table discussion joining senior leadership representing the world’s three largest cruise lines.

Panelist will include:
- Kelly Craighead, President & CEO, Cruise Lines International Association
- Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation & PLC 
- Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Group
- Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises

“It’s incredibly exciting to bring industry leaders together once again for our State of the Global Industry Keynote. We’ve thoughtfully curated this year’s preeminent event to help our community reflect on current challenges and prepare for the journey ahead,” says Chiara Giorgi, Global Brand and Event Director for Seatrade Cruise. “With this in mind, we also collaborated with CLIA and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) to develop event protocols that align with those in the industry ensuring an optimal attendee experience while protecting the health and safety of our guests, participants and the public.”

The State of the Global Industry Keynote will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 28 September 2021, highlighting a number of current topics impacting the future of cruising such as operation challenges, guest protocols and safety enhancements. Industry heavyweights will also address charting the way forward for environmental innovations, fostering community partnerships and give an update on the 2022-2023 demand and consumer trends.

“After all that we’ve been through – your participation is a testament to the resilience and the promise of our industry,” said Kelly Craighead, President and CEO, Cruise Lines International Association. “The road to recovery will require us to continue to work as one, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity for all of us to come together either in-person, or through the virtual option to address the ‘future of cruising’ as we gather at Seatrade Cruise Global.”

Guided by Informa AllSecure standards, Seatrade Cruise Global continuously works to promote a hygienic, productive and high-quality organised event experience. Furthering its commitment to safety, Seatrade also convened closely with CLIA, FCCA and major cruise lines to align all policies and guidelines for the event with those of the industry. This includes physical distancing, use of PPE, temperature screening and on-site testing. As part of its enhanced policies, the Miami Beach Convention Center developed and implemented new plans and received GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation. Protocols will continue to adhere to all city and state regulations, and more details can be found under the event safety page.

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