150,000-square-foot show floor
Registered attendees increased 15%, conference program delegates 19% and registered cruise line delegates 23%. This year’s event hosted more than 750 exhibitors, 190 of them first-time exhibitors, showcasing products and services from around the world on the massive 150,000-square-foot show floor, 19% larger than the 2018 floor in Fort Lauderdale.
More than 13,000 attendees
The more than 13,000 registered attendees had access to over 60 educational sessions and countless hours of networking and insights, including the highly anticipated State of the Global Cruise Industry keynote with more than 2,000 attendees, its largest audience in the event's 35-year history.
Another highlight was the first all-women keynote panel titled 'The Rise of Female Leadership in the Cruise Industry.'
Also new for Seatrade 2019 were an increased number of 'Seatrade Talks' featuring intimate conversations with industry leaders, including Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line; Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America and chief strategy officer, Carnival Corp. & plc; Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer, Silversea Cruises; Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises; and Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten.
Media and news
More than 300 registered media were on site, a 37% increase from 2018, covering diverse announcements including MSC Cruises’ design for its dramatic new multi-ship terminal at PortMiami, Windstar Cruises' $250m Star Plus ship lengthening initiative and Fincantieri's unveiling of a model of Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady.
The impact of Seatrade’s growth this year extended well beyond the walls of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Events helped raise more than $20,000 for Seatrade Cruise Global’s nonprofit partners, Mercy Ships and the FCCA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.
Seatrade Cruise Global returns April 20-23, 2020
'Our success at this year’s event is a testament to the growth within the cruise industry at large,' said Chiara Giorgi, brand director for Seatrade Cruise Global. 'We cannot wait to continue to evolve and elevate the Seatrade experience and look forward to our 2020 event.'
Returning to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Seatrade 2020 will take place April 20-23.