Expanded international line-up for CLIA's Virtual Cruise Forum

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced an expanded line-up for its upcoming Virtual Cruise Forum, offering insight from key international leaders and regional executives steering the cruise industry’s recovery.

Registrations for the event have now reached 600 people, equal to CLIA’s biggest Cruise360 Australasia conference in 2019. The August 27 Virtual Cruise Forum will be held online in lieu of this year’s Cruise360 event to provide an essential update for the region’s cruise community.

New speakers added to the line-up include:

  • Angie Stephen - Vice President Asia Pacific, Royal Caribbean
  • Ben Angell - Vice President & Managing Director APAC Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Andy Harmer - CLIA Managing Director UK & Ireland.

Other key speakers already announced include Kelly Craighead, CLIA Global President and CEO; Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises; Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection; Jason Montague, President & CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises; Colleen McDaniel, Editor in Chief, Cruise Critic; Annie Chang, Director, Cruise Development, Singapore Tourism Board; Gavin Smith, CLIA Australasia Chair and VP & MD Australia & New Zealand, Royal Caribbean; Sture Myrmell, CLIA Advocacy Committee Chair and President, Carnival Australia; Sarina Bratton, Chairman Asia Pacific, Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions; and Michael Londregan, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Virtuoso.

The Virtual Cruise Forum is open to all CLIA Australasia and Asia members and stakeholders at no charge and will feature live panel discussions and interviews. Topics will include a State of the Industry update on cruising’s road to recovery; how the cruise sector is working to rebuild confidence; how travel agents can achieve new relevance as cruise specialists; and how close collaborations have resulted in successful resumptions of operations internationally.

The evet will run from 10am to 4pm AEST (12pm to 6pm NZST) on Friday August 27, 2021. For further details and registration, CLIA Members can visit Virtual Cruise Forum.

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