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Giora Israel, Senior Vice President, Carnival Corporation
Giora Israel, Senior Vice President Port & Destination Development Group, Carnival Corporation, is a veteran of the hotel, marine parks, and cruise industries. A graduate of Tadmor Hotel College in Israel, he served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Tel Aviv Hilton and as General Manager of hotel resorts in Israel & The Bahamas.
He also developed & managed two marine parks and tourist attractions in the Bahamas and in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, before becoming a cruise industry consultant in 1990.
In 1992, he joined Carnival Corporation as Director of Special Projects where he engaged in a variety of international activities for the line in Europe and other parts of the world. This included an assignment in Greece as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing of Epirotiki.
From 1998 until 2008 Mr. Israel served as Vice President Strategic Planning at Carnival Corporation and PLC. In that capacity Mr. Israel was involved with Carnival’s international expansion. Other responsibilities included strategic developments relating to ports development, cruise operation and other areas of Carnival, the world largest cruise company.
In late 2008 Mr. Israel was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President Port and Destination Development, further emphasizing the strategic importance of cruise destination & cruise development, a key element in Carnival’s continuing growth and expansion for the years to come. In addition Mr. Israel remains involved in key strategic initiatives for the corporation in various developmental and operational areas.
In late 2011 Mr. Israel assumed an expanded role with an addition in the scope of the department to include Global Port and Destination Development responsibilities, with an office and dedicated team based in the UK covering mainly the Mediterranean and Europe region.
Mr. Israel has served as a speaker in many international forums on tourism and the cruise industry in over a dozen countries. He has also been a frequent guest speaker at various universities, including the University of the West Indies, Barry University, University of Yucatan, and Florida International University (both at the Hotel Management school and the FIU MBA program), Medcruise Academy and has served as a visiting fellow at both the Oxford and Cambridge Seatrade Cruise Academy.
Mr. Israel has served on numerous civic and industry boards in the U.S., Caribbean and Central America.
Mr. Israel, together with Dr. Lawrence Miller, a former professor at FIU, co-authored the first dictionary of the cruise industry, which was published in London in 1999.