Andy Harmer director CLIA UK Ireland

CLIA UK & Ireland announces theme, keynote speaker for 2019 conference

CLIA UK & Ireland has announced the theme for its flagship three-day 2019 Conference, taking place in Southampton from May 15 – 17, will be ‘Next Generation’.

The theme explores what cruise lines are doing now to shape holidays for the future through innovation and investment – currently the industry has committed to investing $60 billion in new ships. 

Andy Harmer, the association's director, said: “The theme ‘Next Generation’ allows us to look ahead at how cruise holidays will change in the future in terms of the experiences on offer and the guests they will appeal to. There is a huge amount of investment within the cruise industry, not only on new ships but also in technological innovations. Through this theme we will be looking at how this investment will affect the ‘next generation’ of cruise holiday, from river and ocean to luxury and expedition.

“From dining and entertainment to new technology used onboard and new shoreside experiences, ‘Next Generation’ looks at how guests’ cruise holiday experiences will change as we know it, both ashore and onboard.”

The theme also refers to how such new experiences could attract the next generation of holidaymakers, and how travel agents can make the most of this opportunity.

Harmer continued: “The theme will explore who exactly the ‘Next Generation’ of cruisers are – people who may have never considered a cruise before but are attracted to the new, never-seen-before experiences cruise lines will offer. The theme also recognises our CLIA travel agent partners and the dedication they put into helping the cruise industry grow. We will continue to invest in providing our travel agent members with the very best in accredited learning, unique resources and inspirational events.”

The association also announced that Larry Pimentel, Azamara Club Cruises’ president and chief executive officer, will be a keynote speaker at the CLIA Conference 2019. Pimentel has more than 25 years of travel industry experience catering to the high-end consumer. 

The annual CLIA Conference is the largest travel agent event in the UK with a record number of travel agents already registered. The three-day flagship event will include a trade fair, a full day of conference sessions and a gala dinner. Delegates will have the chance to visit to visit two of the three ships in port for the event: Celebrity Edge which launched in Miami this month, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and MSC’s Preziosa.

Visit www.cruisexperts.org to find out more.


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