2022 1st Qtr Travel and Cruise Magazine

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PRESIDENT’S LETTER: CLIA

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CLIA GLOBAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Pierfrancesco Vago CLIA GLOBAL CHAIRMAN EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN MSC CRUISES Micky Arison CHAIRMAN CARNIVAL CORPORATION & PLC Frank J. Del Rio PRESIDENT & CEO NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS Arnold Donald PRESIDENT & CEO CARNIVAL CORPORATION & PLC Richard D. Fain CHAIRMAN ROYAL CARIBBEAN GROUP Jason Liberty PRESIDENT & CEO ROYAL CARIBBEAN GROUP Thomas Mazloum PRESIDENT DISNEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Charles B. Robertson PRESIDENT & CEO AMERICAN CRUISE LINES

CLIA STAFF Kelly Craighead PRESIDENT & CEO Mike McGarry SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND NORTH AMERICAN SECRETARIAT Caroline Johnson SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP OPERATIONS Brian Salerno SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MARITIME POLICY Joshua S. Good SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

Welcome to this edition of Travel & Cruise. The cruise industry, still facing the COVID-19 pandemic, remains focused on navigating towards full resumption of cruise operations. While nearly 90 markets have reopened to cruise tourism, we have much work to do to restore our industry to pre-pandemic levels, even as the industry now faces challenges associated with the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine and the surrounding regions. In the face of challenges, one thing remains true: our community is resilient, and I am confident that we will sail back better and stronger. We are much stronger and more resilient than we were two years ago. We have worked together through the pandemic – resolute in our determination to tackle a once-in-a-life time pandemic to keep our industry afloat. Our unity never wavered. Our industry showed how to evolve and adapt to meet all the challenges coming at us. The safety and security of our guests, the physical and mental health of our crews and the safety of communities we visit remain our top priority. CLIA is working with the global maritime community to find the most effect solutions to mitigate the effects on seafarers. To that end, we are keeping abreast of difficulties due to flight cancellations, port cancellations and sanctions. No doubt, the industry as a whole is sailing towards a brighter and better future. The demand for cruising is high, with 84% of cruisers saying they will cruise again. Our health and safety protocols instituted during the pandemic remain second to none. They have proven they work, and we will continue to adapt them as we hopefully shift to the end of this pandemic. Throughout it all, CLIA and the cruise industry has never taken its focus off our crucial commitment to responsible tourism practices. We have a young fleet sailing the global waters, with more ships on order – all equipped with new technologies to reduce our carbon footprint. We are formulating sustainable tourism initiatives to help preserve world’s most treasured destinations, provide the social and economic benefits of tourism for residents and safeguard the sustainability of the cruise destination for future generations. We have much to do, and our industry is up for the challenge! Together in cruise, Kelly Craighead President and CEO

Anne Madison SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING AND STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

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