of strategic sourcing, food & beverage for Carnival Corporation. “With 50 percent more capacity in less than 10 years, we need to evolve our supply chain to continue to exceed guest expectations. “We need partners, not just suppliers. I am looking at multi-year strategic partnerships to simplify the sourcing process and increase the servicing quality provided to our guests. I expect that this new CLIA platform will open the door to new suppliers who have never worked within the cruise industry. “The new CLIA community has to be inclusive, and I believe that we need fresh air to continue to grow."
COMMUNITY TO JOIN UPCOMING CLIA EXECUTIVE PARTNER SUMMIT NOVEMBER 27, 2018 The new community will also be part of CLIA’s annual Executive Partner Summit, taking place this year from November 27-29 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami. Global in nature, attendees have access to upper level management, provides networking and more. Jones touched on similar benefits when discussing the new segment: “Attendees can narrow down key things they’re interested in and then are able to interact with senior level management from the different cruise
lines. The upper management from the cruise lines and other suppliers can recognize new people who have something different to offer, along with continuing to keep their existing loyal base.” When asked about the key features the new CLIA Hotel Operations, Food & Beverage initiative will bring to suppliers, Jones added, “the CLIA HFB platform offers existing and new vendors access to top level management from the world’s cruise lines in educational and social networking settings, as well as an unparalleled global reach.”
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