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Citing Concordia, CLIA postpones annual New York media briefing

Citing Concordia, CLIA postpones annual New York media briefing
Citing the Costa Concordia tragedy, the Cruise Lines International Association has postponed its Jan. 26 news conference in New York. The event, titled ‘What’s New in Cruising,’ would have presented the association’s important annual outlook. CLIA’s New York media briefing has been a key date on the cruise industry calendar for many years.

Typically the event provides a forum to preview the year’s new ships, share product updates and trends and—most significant—to forecast the number of passengers expected to cruise in the coming year. Prominent cruise line executives usually attend to meet and mingle with reporters.

CLIA did not immediately announce a new date for the briefing.

On Thursday, CLIA president and ceo Christine Duffy was in London to introduce and moderate a quickly assembled media briefing jointly organized by CLIA, the European Cruise Council and the UK’s Passenger Shipping Association that preceded a long-scheduled ship safety forum.

Duffy used the platform to call on the International Maritime Organization to undertake a comprehensive safety evaluation from the findings of the Costa Concordia investigation.