'We have crafted the 2016 conference program to include moderators and panelists who are leading the charge in transforming the industry,' said Robyn Duda, portfolio director, Seatrade Cruise Global. 'Our roster of panel discussions features experts, leaders and thought-makers who will delve into topics ranging from the geography of cruise tourism to food and beverage trends impacting the industry.'
Moore and Taylor will conduct two culinary and mixology demonstration sessions March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Taking part in the demonstrations, MSC Cruises will highlight the line's shpboard offerings with the help of a special surprise chef appearance and demonstration. As a future partner of MSC Cruises, the culinary icon will showcase the line's dedication to providing authentic and inspired culinary experiences.
Bradley will lead the Upscale Cruising panel March 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The session will examine how lines are keeping up with upscale consumers' evolving tastes including technology demands, such as free Wi-Fi. Panelists also will share what they're doing to differentiate their brands and how they are engaging with well-heeled travelers, including the emerging Chinese market.
Panel participants include Rick Meadows, president, Seabourn and president, Cunard North America; Karl J. Pojer, ceo, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises; Edie Rodriguez, president and ceo, Crystal Cruises; Navin Sawhney, ceo Americas, Ponant Cultural Cruises and Expeditions; and Enzo Visone, ceo Silversea Cruises.
Seatrade Cruise Global is scheduled for March 14-17 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.