CLIA UK & Ireland conference adds Tom McAlpin as a second keynote

2019 Conference theme is the Next Generation 2019 Conference theme is the Next Generation

CLIA UK & Ireland has announced that the second keynote speaker at its three-day conference, taking place in Southampton from May 15-17, will be Virgin Voyages’ president and ceo Tom McAlpin.


McAlpin previously held the role of president and ceo for The World - Residences at Sea, and served as a founding member of the Disney Cruise Line founding management team and spent the final five years of his time with Disney Cruise Line as its president.

Larry Pimentel - a keynote speaker

Azamara Club Cruises’ president and ceo Larry Pimentel, who has held this role since 2009 and has more than 25 years of travel industry experience is also a keynote at the CLIA UK & Ireland 2019 conference.

The theme for the 2019 Conference will be ‘Next Generation’, exploring what cruise lines are doing now in terms of investment and innovation to shape holidays for the future. Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: ‘The theme “Next Generation” looks at how guests’ cruise holiday experiences will change as we know it, both ashore and onboard, due to the huge amount of investment and innovation within the cruise industry'

Ship visits

The annual CLIA Conference is the largest travel agent conference in the UK. The three-day event will include a trade fair, a full day of conference sessions and a gala dinner. Delegates will have the chance to visit two of the three ships in port for the event: Celebrity Edge, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and MSC Preziosa.

Posted 22 January 2019

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