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Cruise Shipping Miami 2013 Conference Has New Format, Speakers

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MIAMI, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 29th annual Cruise Shipping Miami features a revamped conference program with more 90-minute sessions and a host of first-time panelists. The conference and exhibition, organized by UBM Live, is scheduled March 11-14, 2013, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Following is the current lineup of conference sessions and participants.

Monday, March 11
World Cruise Tourism Summit Workshops

Round-table sessions led by industry experts.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Source Market Trends
Participants:
Robert Ashdown, CLIA Europe
William Gibbons, Director, Passenger Shipping Association

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

New Destination Deployment
Participants:
Lim Ki-tak, President, Busan Port Authority
Hamad M. Bin Mejren, Executive Director, Business Tourism, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai
Jacqueline Plass, Undersecretary of Tourism, Government of Chile

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

State of the Industry

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
(four concurrent sessions)

Ship Building, Operations & Technology: The Newbuilding Outlook
This session will look at the likely pattern of new orders for cruise capacity in the short and medium term, and how this may apply in the different segments of the market. What are the implications of the current newbuilding market for Europe's leading cruise ship builders and what is the likely future role for Asian yards?

Moderator:
Juha Heikinheimo, President, NAPA Group

Participants:
Enrico Buschi, Chief Operating Officer, Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani SpA
Kevin Douglas, Vice President, Technical Projects, Newbuildings, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Raoul Jack, Principal Consultant, PFJ Maritime                    

Destinations and Ports: Expanding Markets
This session will consider the emerging destinations and source markets in Asia, Australasia and South America, and how the geography of the cruise industry is likely to change in years to come.

Moderator:
Chris Hayman, Chairman, Seatrade Communications Ltd.     

Participants:
Jorge Luiz de Mello, President, Port of Rio de Janeiro
Brett Jardine, General Manager, CLIA Australasia
Anthony Lau, Executive Director, Hong Kong Tourism Board
John F. Tercek, Vice President, Commercial & New Business Development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Market Segments: Upscale Cruising
This session will consider the range and diversity of the upscale cruise offerings now available and the demand for luxury at sea in traditional source markets and opportunities provided by new markets in Asia, the Middle East and South America.

Moderator:
Tony Peisley, Cruise Industry Consultant & Author, "Cruising At The Crossroads: A Worldwide Analysis to 2015"

Participants:
Ellen Bettridge, President, Americas, Silversea Cruises
Roberto Giorgi, President, V. Ships Leisure SAM
Richard D. Meadows, President, Seabourn
Gregg Michel, President & COO, Crystal Cruises Inc.

Product Development: Marketing & Distribution
Faced with tough economic challenges, cruise lines are responding in their marketing messages and techniques to reach their clientele. This session looks at the changing face of distribution channels and how lines are working with travel agents to tempt first-timers and past clientele.

Moderator:
Ken Muskat, Cruise Industry Sales & Marketing Executive

Participants:
Jim Berra, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Carnival Cruise Lines
Lisa Bauer, Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Royal Caribbean International
Jeffrey Sherota, Senior Vice President, House Brands, World Travel Holdings
Andy Stuart, Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Passenger Services, Norwegian Cruise Line

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.         
Coast Guard Forum

Wednesday, March 13
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
(four concurrent sessions)

Ship Building, Operations & Technology: Revitalization and Repair
Revitalizations are becoming more complex as cruise lines undertake ambitious refits to bring their hardware and on-board offerings in line with recent newbuilds and new regulations. From accommodations to public spaces and from the engine room to the upper decks, a look at the challenges involved around revitalizations and major refits/repairs from yards, designers, cruise lines and supplier viewpoints.

Moderator:
Fredrik Johansson, Partner & Senior Architect, Tillberg Design AB

Participants:
P.K. Ong, Managing Director, Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd., & Deputy President, Sembcorp Marine Ltd.
Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch, Chairman & CEO, Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd.

Destinations and Ports: Europe
Tough economic conditions, high fuel costs and the uncertainties of the Arab spring have impacted the Mediterranean, but major hub ports in the region are looking at growth in passenger numbers for 2013. Northern Europe and the Baltic continue to prosper, so what lies ahead for Europe as a destination and vital source market for the industry, and which European markets show the most potential?

Moderator:
Chris Hayman, Chairman, Seatrade Communications Ltd.    

Participants:
Robert Ashdown, CLIA Europe
David Dingle, Chief Executive Officer, Carnival UK
Richard Vogel, Chief Executive Officer, TUI Cruises GmbH

Market Segments: Expedition Cruising
As interest in eco-tourism and adventure travel continues to grow, what are the opportunities for and constraints on future expansion?

Moderator:
Hugo T. Modderman, General Manager, Dolfinance/DVB Bank

Participants:
Terri Haas, Chief Commercial Officer, Compagnie du Ponant
Tim Jacox, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing/Co-Owner, Un-Cruise Adventures
Daniel Skjeldam, Chief Executive Officer, Hurtigruten

Product Development: Social Media
This session will look at how social and mobile media have become integrated into digital marketing efforts, including how operators develop and maintain an online image, and strategies for creating novel, engaging content to encourage interaction and expand reach by driving online word of mouth with influential consumers.

Moderator:
Lin Humphrey, Research Fellow, Ph.D. Student, Texas Tech University

Participants:
Brett Circe, Chief Interactive Officer, Starmark
Carrie Finley-Bajak, Digital Strategy Partner, Cruise Buzz Media
Lisa Kauffman, Vice President Marketing, Celebrity Cruises

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
(three concurrent sessions)

Ship Building, Operations & Technology: The Low-Energy Ship and the Green Agenda
Fuel efficiency has both environmental and commercial benefits, and the green agenda includes ballast water management, and sulfur emission and particle emission reduction. Advances in energy efficiency and development of green technology will be the focus of this session with a look at realistic technical progress and looming legislative deadlines.

Participants:    
Tom Degerman, Vice President Sales & Marketing, STX Finland Oy
Paolo Moretti, General Manager, Marine Business Line, RINA Services SpA
Shingen Takeda, Engineering Manager, Passenger & Dry-Cargo Ship Planning, Ship & Ocean Engineering Division, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

Destinations and Ports: The Caribbean & Mexico
Cruise lines have challenged the Caribbean to "refresh itself" to stay competitive in a global market. With more Europeans buying the Caribbean cruise product and regular North American consumers seeking new and innovative experiences, how are destinations responding and what more should be done to develop new attractions? How will the North American ECA and the increasing cost of fuel impact itineraries?

Moderator:
Michael Ronan, Vice President, Government Relations Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, RCCL & Vice Chairman, FCCA Operations

Participants:    
Karine Roy-Camille, Commissioner, Martinique Tourism Authority
Carlos Torres de Navarra, Vice President, Commercial Port Operations, Carnival Cruise Lines

Product Development: Maximizing On-Board Revenue
Casino, beverage, shore excursions, spas, on-board shopping and photography have traditionally been the prime areas for shipboard revenue generation, however, offerings and new technology broaden the scope for additional revenues.

Moderator:
Jim Barreiro de Leon, Managing Director, V. Ships Leisure USA

Participants:    
Anthony H. Kaufman, Senior Vice President Commercial Affairs, Princess Cruises
Ares M. Michaelides, Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, Starboard Cruise Services Inc.
Ole-Kristian Sivertsen, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Sales, Maritime Communications Partners

Thursday, March 14
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Professional Women in Cruise Breakfast

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

CLIA's Travel Agent Thursday
Personal Branding: How to Become the Travel Agent Everyone Wants

9:30am - 11:00am
(four concurrent sessions)

Ship Building, Operations & Technology: The Ship of the Future
The challenges of cruise ship design include maximizing passenger comfort and entertainment, improving marine and passenger safety, increasing revenue generation and improving fuel efficiency while minimizing environmental impact. As new passenger demographics emerge, passenger tastes and demands change, environmental legislation becomes more stringent and alternative fuels become more attractive, the cruise ship must evolve.

Destinations and Ports: The Cruise Line/Port Interface
This session explores the issue of cruise terminal governance, the privatization option and its implications and the attitudes of cruise lines to investing in cruise terminal facilities.

Moderator:
Chris Hayman, Chairman, Seatrade Communications Ltd.    

Participants:
Stavros Hatzakos, President, MedCruise
Adam Sharp, Member, CLIA Europe Ports and Infrastructure Sub-Committee, & Manager, Port Operations – U.K., Northern Europe & Middle East, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
William Tatham, Vice President, Cruise Shipping and Marina Operations, Port Authority of Jamaica

Market Segments: Shorex Programs
The percentage of passengers disembarking at a port of call and what they spend ashore is partly determined by the range and quality of shore excursion offerings. What can destinations, NTOs and ground handlers do to ensure they make the most of cruise calls and continue to refresh their offerings?

Participants:
Amilcar Cascais, Vice President Tour Operations, Carnival Cruise Lines
Corryn Morrissey, Chair, Atlantic Canada Cruise Association
Virginia Quintairos, Regional Director, Mediterranean, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services

Product Development: Human Resources at Sea
The human resources challenges for the cruise industry include sourcing, recruitment, training and retention of high-quality crew against a background of mega ships, globalization, labor-law regulations, cost savings and high service standards.

Moderator:
Charlotte Breide, Director of Technical and Regulaory Affairs, Environmental and Health, CLIA

Participants:
Joe Cox, President & CEO, Chamber of Shipping America
Capt. Robert A. Fay, Senior Vice President, Maritime Operations, IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
(four concurrent sessions)

Shipbuilding, Operations & Technology: Safety in Shipping
The industrywide operational safety review undertaken in 2012 yielded a number of recommendations that were subsequently approved as amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea by the IMO. The panel will assess the implications of the SOLAS amendments and look at the proactive steps the industry is taking and to increase passenger safety now and in the future.

Moderator:
Bud Darr, Senior Vice President, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, CLIA

Participants:
Trond Arne Schistad, Director, Global Cruise Center, DNV
RDML Joseph A. Servidio, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, U.S. Coast Guard

Destinations and Ports: Terminal Development and Security in Port & On Board
The last five years have seen major advances in cruise terminal design, to ensure optimization of passenger comfort and efficiency of operations, but there is a divergence between regions regarding the standard of facilities. This session looks at the challenges of achieving consistency in terminal offerings, the issue of terminal security under the ISPS Code and the interface with on-board security.

Moderator:
Luis de Carvalho, Chief Executive Officer, Consult DC

Participants:
Luis Ajamil, President, Bermello, Ajamil & Partners Inc.
Greg Alcorn, Senior Vice President, Oncam Grandeye
Eric Friedman, Managing Director, HR-Marsec Ltd.
Tom Spina, Vice President, Director of Cruise Ship Operations, New York City Economic Development Corporation/NY Cruise

Market Segments: River Cruise
The river cruise sector worldwide has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, and new investment, particularly in Europe, continues to enhance the quality of the product. What is the potential for this sector in North America? How big is the opportunity for further expansion?

Participants:
Katharine Bonner, Vice President, Tauck River & Small Ship Cruising
Helge H. Grammerstorf, Managing Director, SeaConsult HAM GmbH
Rudi Schreiner, President/Co-Owner, AMAWaterways
John W. Waggoner, Chairman & CEO, American Queen Steamboat Co.

Product Development: Hotel and Catering Procurement
Supplying ships operating globally has changed the face of procurement in the cruise industry. This session looks at supply chain management, e-procurement and the roles of vendors, distributors and logistic companies and the challenges of supplying goods on time to a variety of different brands and ship sizes.

Moderator:
Tony Peisley, Cruise Industry Consultant & Author, "Cruising At The Crossroads: A Worldwide Analysis to 2015"

Participants:
Mike Flesch, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Norwegian Cruise Line
Deborah Golden, Principal Consulting Partner, Golden & Company
Maxine Krajniak, Vice President Global Cruise, UTI
Henry Lopez, Associate Vice President, Hotel, Food & Beverage Purchasing, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Attendee and exhibitor registration and hotel-request forms are available online at http://registration3.experientevent.com/ShowCRU131/Default.aspx

For information about exhibiting or attending Cruise Shipping Miami, visit http://www.cruiseshippingevents.com/miami.

WHERE: Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media credentials are issued to bona fide journalists covering the convention. Review the media policy, request a media registration online or contact Buck Banks.

MEDIA CONTACT: Buck Banks, 305-461-3300, buck@newmanpr.com

CONVENTION CONTACT: UBM Live, 300 American Metro Blvd., Suite 125, Hamilton NJ 08619 USA
Phone: 609-759-4700; fax: 609-759-4774; info@cruiseshippingmiami.com

Social Media
Additional news, information and announcements about Cruise Shipping Miami is available at http://www.cruiseshippingevents.com/miami. Find Cruise Shipping Miami on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CruiseShippingMiami, on Twitter at twitter.com/@CruiseShipping, and LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1938947&trk=anet_ug_hm.

The Cruise Shipping Portfolio
The Cruise Shipping Portfolio organized by UBM Live includes Cruise Shipping Miami, Cruise Shipping Asia and Seatrade Med.

Since 1985 Cruise Shipping Miami has been the world's premier annual event for the global cruise industry, featuring a three-day exhibition and four-day conference that draw more than 11,000 attendees and over 1,000 exhibiting companies from more than 120 countries.

About UBM Live
UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

SOURCE Cruise Shipping Miami



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