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The State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote

  • Peter Greenberg (CBS News Travel Editor & PBS’s “The Travel Detective”, CBS News)
Part 1 Keynote Speakers:
Part 2 Keynote Speakers:
Location: Terminal 4
Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass - Get your pass now!
Session Type: Keynote
Sectors: Design & Ship Interiors, Destinations, Entertainment & Amusements, Environmental & Health, Food & Beverage, Hotel Operations, Information Technology, Retail / Retail Services, Safety & Security, Ship Equipment, Shipyards, Shipbuilding & Refurbishment, Wellness, Ship Services
Recording: TBD

Sponsored by Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB)

State of the Global Cruise Industry
9:50am - 10:35am

Our roundtable discussion of industry leaders will address growth opportunities and business challenges impacting the cruise industry, including the following themes:

  • Leading in a Time of Unprecedented Growth – How are your companies strategizing around both the opportunities and challenges from a growth point of view regarding: staffing, the shore side, technology and innovation, environmental impact, and terminal impact
  • Debunking the Myths of Cruising – Thoughts on collaborating on an industry-wide level to educate the next generation of cruisers
  • The Innovation “Blueprint” – Defining innovation and mapping out the innovation process
  • Emerging Markets for Growth – Where do you see the most potential for future growth?
  • Shipbuilding and Design – What are the latest innovations in ship design that are moving the needle on customer experiences?
  • Environmental and Sustainability – What initiatives are you most proud of that make the industry more environmentally friendly? What’s the latest thinking around LNG ships?

Peter Greenberg (CBS News Travel Editor & PBS’s “The Travel Detective”, CBS News)

Frank J. Del Rio, President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Arnold W. Donald, President and CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc. & CLIA Global Chair
Richard D. Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises

Innovation, Disruption and Setting the Course for the Future

During this roundtable discussion, our industry visionaries – including two mega hospitality brands who are new entrants to the cruise industry - explore how they view innovation on a day-to-day basis and share perspectives on the following themes:

  • Brand Innovation – A look at how these brands are defining (and continue to re-define) their unique brand identifier, style and how travelers view cruising in general
  • Creating a Unique Guest Experience – What past cruising trends tell us and how these individual brands have plans to disrupt the space with new experiences
  • The Role of Technology and Cruising – How tech is changing the customer experience

Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor & PBS’s “The Travel Detective”, CBS News

Tom McAlpin, President & CEO, Virgin Voyages
Douglas Prothero, Managing Director, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection