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Key Cruise Line Executives head to Tobago for Seatrade Caribbean Cruise Forum

Key Cruise Line Executives head to Tobago for Seatrade Caribbean Cruise Forum
In just over a month, European cruise lines will be welcomed to the Seatrade Caribbean Cruise forum, taking place in the southern Caribbean island of Tobago and hosted by the Division of Tourism and Transportation, Tobago House of Assembly from the 13-14 May 2015, at the Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort. The forum will showcase the Caribbean and provide attending cruise lines with both an in-depth understanding and intimate knowledge of the region.

The Caribbean has consistently been a favoured choice for cruising. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the Caribbean continues to rank as the dominant cruise destination choice; in 2002, 42% of those who cruised chose to do so in the Caribbean (CLIA) and projected figures for 2015 sees the region holding 35% of the Global capacity share. With its vast array of ports of call and year-round mild climate, the region has established itself as being a popular destination, seemingly made for cruising.

The forum will see a series of high-level discussions over the one and half day event, with a strong focus on the scope for development and opportunities within the Caribbean. Home-port and infrastructure, new itineraries and Shorex development will be key focuses of discussion for those attending the forum. Confirmed speakers leading the discussions for the event include Chris Coates Commercial Director, Cruise & Maritime Voyages; Mike Deegan Fleet Director, Noble Caledonia; James Langley Marine Superintendent, Saga Cruises; Michael Pawlus Director of Strategic Itinerary Planning & Scheduling, Silversea Cruises Ltd; Gianluca Suprani Head of Global Port Development & Shore Activities MSC Cruises and Steven Young Director of Port Services & Government Affairs, Carnival UK.

Furthermore, the Seatrade Caribbean Cruise Forum will exclusively provide ports and tourism authorities the opportunity to meet cruise line executives via pre-arranged, one to one meetings.


Editor – Nina Marston at Seatrade, Tel +44 1206 545121 or email [email protected]

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About the Seatrade Caribbean Cruise Forum

The Seatrade Caribbean Cruise Forum is a unique one and a half day event tailored to showcase the Caribbean to European Cruise Lines. The event will provide participating cruise lines with an intimate knowledge and understanding of the region, to help them to assess the possibilities for deployment and increased port calls. This two-way educational programme will also enable the regional port and tourism authorities, and other cruise industry stakeholders, to better understand the infrastructure, port, service and shorex requirements of the cruise lines.

Seatrade’s Cruise Forums form part of the series of global Seatrade events, websites and publications that covers every aspect of the cruise and maritime industries, bringing together key people to encourage innovation and to produce powerful learning, networking and promotional platforms.  Founded in 1970, Seatrade was acquired recently in 2014 by UBM, the world's second largest media and event organiser.

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