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PRESS RELEASE: Panelists and themes for Seatrade Cruise Global 2020 announced

Article-PRESS RELEASE: Panelists and themes for Seatrade Cruise Global 2020 announced

Seatrade Cruise Global announces panelists, themes for anticipated 2020 State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote

NEW YORK (Jan. 22, 2020) – Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s leading annual business-to-business event, announces its 2020 State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote lineup – launching its 35th anniversary edition opening session on 21 April 2020 with dynamic dialogue and executive leaders from the largest and most luxurious cruise lines.

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and presented in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the event kicks off with the State of the Global Cruise Industry panel, an exclusive round-table discussion joining senior leadership representing the world’s four largest cruise lines. The second panel, The Future of Luxury Cruising, will bring together five leaders in luxury liners to discuss the rapid growth and increasing demand for living the highlife on the high sea.

“Our keynote opening session sets the tone for Seatrade Cruise Global 2020, welcoming attendees with a multifaceted dialogue reflective of our educational programming,” says Chiara Giorgi, Global Brand and Event Director for Seatrade Cruise. “As a marquee start of the conference, the State of the Global Cruise Industry panel will highlight the latest and greatest advancements and forward-thinking in the world of cruising.”Lucy_Hockings_SCG.png

Lucy Hockings, BBC World News broadcast journalist, is the returning keynote panel moderator at Seatrade Cruise Global 2020. 

“Cruising continues to gain popularity for leisure travelers, with more than 30 million guests expected to sail this year,” says Hockings. “Our discussions will take a deeper dive into how the industry is reimagining ships and partnering with destinations to embrace these changes and evolve the cruise experience for years ahead.”

Image caption - Lucy Hockings, BBC World News broadcast journalist, is returning keynote panel moderator at Seatrade Cruise Global 2020.


KEYNOTE DISCUSSION | Overtourism Case Study: A Partnership Approach?

Mato Francović, Mayor of Dubrovnik, and Adam Goldstein, Vice Chairman, Royal Caribbean Cruises and CLIA Global Chair join Seatrade Cruise News Editor Anne Kalosh to discuss how the city of Dubrovnik partnered with CLIA to tackle overtourism while establishing the city as a bellwether for destination-cruise line partnerships.

KEYNOTE PANEL | State of the Global Cruise Industry

Insights, expertise and perspectives on the future of cruising – touching on themes such as innovations on land and at sea, technology’s role in transforming customer experience, development on environmental improvements, collaborations for sustainable tourism and exciting new ship launches for 2020.

Panelists include:

  • Frank Del Rio, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
  • Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation & PLC 
  • Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  • Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises


Image caption - The State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote brings senior leadership representing the world’s four largest cruise lines together.

KEYNOTE PANEL | The Future of Luxury Cruising

The demand for luxury cruising is on a rapid upward trajectory, with the market projected to more than double its capacity over the next decade. Cruise lines are making strides to offer unprecedented luxury at sea – from reaching uncharted destinations through adventurous expedition cruising to dishing out five-star dining experiences with onboard celebrity chefs. Leaders from today’s luxury liners will engage the audience in an insightful discussion exploring the new wave of advancements in this growing market and how to create distinct experiences that continue to charm discerning travelers.

2020 Registration Now Open

Seatrade Cruise Global offers flexible attendee registration options. Those who register by 21 February 2020, can take advantage of Early Bird pricing – savings as much as $400.

For pricing options and to register, CLICK HERE.

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About Seatrade Cruise Global
Seatrade Cruise Global 2020 is taking place 20-23 April 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The exhibition is the leading annual global B2B event for the cruise industry. Bringing together buyers and suppliers for a four-day conference and three-day exhibition, the gathering draws more than 13,000 registered attendees, over 700 exhibiting companies from 140 countries and more than 300 international journalists to become the cruise industry’s epicenter of ideas, products and services. Movers and shakers of the industry participate in a comprehensive panel of discussions featuring experts, leaders and thought-makers including the State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote with the chief executives of the world’s largest cruise companies. Seatrade is organized by Informa Markets, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit


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