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International experts band together in Cruise Professional Advisors Alliance

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From top left, clockwise, Peter Wild, Shannon McKee, Roger Blum, David Selby, Mike McFadden, Ioannis Bras
Six well-established cruise experts with broad industry experience have come together to form the Cruise Professional Advisors Alliance.

While continuing to work as independent consultants, CPAA members will combine their knowledge and resources to support each other and work collectively to meet the needs of cruise projects.

They are Shannon McKee, founder and CEO of Access Cruise Inc.; David Selby, managing director of Travelyields, Ltd.; Mike McFadden, founder and CEO of Mac Maritime, Inc.; Roger Blum, principal at Cruise & Port Advisors, Inc.; Ioannis Bras, CEO at Five Senses Consulting, and Peter Wild, principal of GP Wild.

The mission

This alliance comes at time when the cruise industry needs positive market positioning and innovative vision. CPAA's mission is to share resources and industry acumen while bringing significant value to clients.

'In an effort to spearhead the resurgence of the industry, as the world attempts to get back to normalcy, we have come together to form an alliance that we believe will provide stakeholders with guidance, opportunities, inventive initiatives and programs needed to rebuild a stronger cruise industry,' McKee said.

Sharing 'unparalleled pool of knowledge'

'I’ve known each of my fellow CPAA co-founders for up to 20 years and have witnessed the great work they do,' Selby added. 'While we will be continuing to work independently for the majority of the time, for me, this alliance is about sharing an unparalleled pool of knowledge, built up over decades between us, from which our individual clients will undoubtedly benefit.'

'I am particularly proud,' Blum said, 'to be associated with the highly talented, insightful, ethical and results-oriented members of the CPAA. My association with this group has already brought added value to my clients.'

Each member has a proven track record of bottom-line results for their clients.

Among the services

Specialized services include cruise destination and port development, port management and representation, cruise statistics, business planning, strategic marketing, economic analysis and infrastructural planning, terminal and route development, cruise planning/destination technology, on-board revenue and on-board communication technology, customer and consumer surveys, ship simulation/navigation studies, safety and environmental impact studies and tender and contract evaluation.

CPAA member companies are located in South Florida, the United Kingdom and Greece, putting them near global epicenters of the cruise and maritime industries.