Meeting and Events
CLIA Europe Hosts Annual Travel Trade Conference in Southampton
rom May 20-22, CLIA Europe held the largest flagship conference – with 550 delegates, 20+ speakers, three cruise ships, two hosts, one travel trade fair, and lots of inspiration and fun – for its travel agent members to celebrate why we all #lovecruise. The aim of the conference was to inspire, educate and influence members to help boost their knowledge and, ultimately, sales. There was a unique opportunity to explore three different cruise ships over the three days: MSC Cruises
Virtuosa, hosted by Antonio Paradiso, MSC Cruises Managing Director, UK & Ireland; P&O Cruises Iona, hosted by Paul Ludlow, President of P&O Cruises; and Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas hosted by Ben Bouldin, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Vice President EMEA and CLIA UK & Ireland Chair. While on board delegates heard from cruise line executives about recovery efforts as well as the latest trends in cruise. Sales in the region are strong, and the new data supports that – by 2023 cruise sales will be stron-
ger than 2019, before the pandemic. There was a focus on the importance of sustainability and how the cruise industry is continuing to make progress working towards the net zero emissions target by 2050. Bouldin confirmed that almost all cruise ships are back in service – and that from this summer, 100 percent should be operating. The industry has been given positive recognition around the world for their response to the pandemic crisis and their work to get cruise lines operating again safely for guests.
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