Cruise Shipping Miami Opens

The Cruise Shipping Miami conference and exhibition opened yesterday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The show runs through March 13.

The annual gathering usually draws around 11,000 attendees, but UBM, owner and organizer of Cruise Shipping Miami, anticipates a jump of more than 30 percent in visitors and delegates to the three–day exhibition and four-day conference. The trade show, which is almost 10 percent larger than last year, features 140 new exhibitors for a total of nearly 900 exhibiting companies from 127 countries.

“No one could have predicted 30 years ago that from a meeting of 150 cruise executives in a hotel in New York that Cruise Shipping Miami would grow to become the industry’s premier annual event,” says Daniel Read, director of UBM’s Cruise Event Portfolio, in a statement.

Cruise Shipping Miami will include the World Cruise Tourism Summit, a series of roundtable discussions led by industry experts. The conference officially opens Tuesday, March 12, with the “State of the Global Cruise Industry” plenary session featuring the top executives from the world’s largest cruise corporations: Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises.

The session also features Katty Kay, anchor of “BBC World News America,” as the event’s first moderator from outside the cruise industry.

Cruise Shipping Miami is the global flagship of UBM’s Cruise Events Portfolio, which includes the annual Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific and the biennial Seatrade Med Cruise Convention.

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Posted by Michael Hart

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