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Seatrade Europe announces keynote, opening session speakers

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Michael Thamm, chairman of CLIA Europe and CEO, Costa Group and Carnival Asia, will deliver the keynote address on the opening day of Seatrade Europe, Sept. 11-13 in Hamburg.

Opportunities and challenges

Thamm plans to delve into Europe’s significant role in the cruise industry and how to drive growth across multiple platforms while facing the demands of changing legislation and other global and local challenges.

Thamm will then be joined by a panel of leaders to discuss the state of the European cruise industry. They include Capt. Michael McCarthy, chairman, Cruise Europe; Wybcke Meier, CEO, TUI Cruises; Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises; Karl J. Pojer, CEO, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises; and Gavin Smith, SVP International, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Further confirmed speakers

Also participating in the Seatrade Europe conference program are Figan Ayan, VP cruise operation, Galataport Istanbul; Claus Bodker, director, Cruise Baltic; Luis De Carvalho, CEO, Bermello Ajamil & Partners Europe; Arantxa Garcia, head of sustainability, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services; Mark Ittel, SVP ports and maritime, Bermello Ajamil & Partners; Esther Mallach, partner, Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein; and Thomas Mielke, MD, AETHOS Consulting Group.

Additional speakers are to be announced.

Timely topics

Topics to be addressed during the three-day event include how ships and ports are adapting for a greener future; how to create effective communication among cruise lines, ports and cities; exploring the terminal of the future; and how ports and destinations can cater to smaller ships.

Marine Interiors Cruise & Ferry Global Expo

Two sessions focusing on interiors and design will be hosted by the co-located Marine Interiors Cruise & Ferry Global Expo — how to design to meet regulatory compliance and how design helps to convey, define or create brand identity.

The full conference program is here.

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