More than 200 members of the global cruise industry turned out for Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) third annual Port and Destination Summit.

The event held in Santa Cruz, Tenerife brought together delegates from 27 countries on September 20 including 45 different cruise line executives.

The summit was held ahead of the Seatrade Cruise Med, the largest cruise industry gathering in Europe, and focused on the challenges of ship deployment in different regions of the world.

“This year, we enhanced the summit to foster even more engagement and allowed participants to immerse themselves into the programme,” said Adam Sharp, manager of Port Operations and Guest Services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

“During the itinerary planning workshop, ports and destinations walked away with specific best practices as it relates to working more effectively with cruise lines, which is something that you can’t find anywhere else.”

The keynote presentation was delivered by Michael Tamm, chief executive of the Costa Group, who highlighted the important role port and destinations play and their challenges.

Giora Israel from Carnival Corporation & plc, said: “In an industry that is growing so rapidly, creating platforms for our partners to connect and build relationships is key to ensuring that we continue to work together as one.

“As someone who has been in the industry for many years, each time I attend this summit I make new connections and am continually impressed with the interactions and experiences I am able to participate in.”

The next CLIA event is the CLIA Executive Partner Summit on November 13 – 15 in Florida which will include a Port and Destination Forum as well as a Technical and Regulatory Forum.

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