CLIA President & CEO to speak at Columbus Day

Thursday 25 July: Christine Duffy, CLIA President & CEO, will be making her first UK appearance following the creation of a global cruise association when she speaks at Columbus Day. 

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Christine will bring an international cruise perspective; speaking about the key role played by CLIA and the challenges and opportunities the industry faces.  Christine joined CLIA in 2011 after serving six years as President & CEO of Maritz Travel Company where she managed a business of more than $600 million in revenue.

It has also been announced that Neil Palomba, MSC Cruises’ Corporate Operating Officer will be speaking at the conference, looking at the Mediterranean as a cruise destination and how the industry is developing and changing as it continues to grow.

Previously announced speakers include Michael Bayley, President & CEO of Celebrity Cruises; Steve Odell, President Europe & Asia Pacific for Silversea Cruises;  entrepreneur Jo Malone; Mike Southon, best-selling author and business ambassador and mentor for the City of Liverpool and Group Managing Director of Mail Newspapers, Guy Zitter.

More than 400 delegates are expected to attend Columbus Day which is taking place for the first time in Liverpool on Thursday 19 September.  The event is designed for directors, senior managers and owner/managers who will hear topics ranging from global changes within cruising to how retailing is adapting to reflect a rapidly changing customer. The day will also feature networking opportunities and the CLIA UK & Ireland Cruise Excellence Awards to recognise the contributions made by individuals within the cruise sector.

CLIA UK & Ireland director Andy Harmer: ‘We have such a great line up of speakers at this year’s event covering many different, but key, topics. We are delighted that Christine will be bringing a global perspective to an industry which each year attracts more than 20 million passengers worldwide and which offers huge potential for continued growth.’

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Columbus Day offers:

  • New venues ACC Liverpool & the spectacular St George’s Hall
  • Pre-book one-to-one meetings with senior cruise executives and sponsors
  • Awards Dinner presenting the 2013 Cruise Excellence Awards
  • Keynote speakers including Michael Bayley and Jo Malone
  • Over 66 cruise line & travel associate sponsors in attendance

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