Cruise Industry Leaders To Convene At SeaTrade

Scheduled from March 7-11, 2000, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, SeaTrade Cruise Shipping Convention will provide attendees with the latest happenings and innovations joining a new century of cruising. Registration begins on Tuesday, March 7 at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, March 8 will begin with an introductory address by Vicki Freed, chairman, Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), and senior vice president sales & marketing, Carnival Cruise Lines, which will then segueway into a "State of the Industry" Debate among some of the industry's leading players. Featuring Bob Dickinson, president, Carnival Cruise Lines; Richard D. Fain, chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises; and Matt Ouimet, president, Disney Cruise Line, they will discuss and debate the current state of the cruise industry, as well as its prospects for the new decade.

Exhibitors from around the world will display their latest wares to the industry.

Segmented on the exhibit floor by specific categories of manufacturers of ship equipment, providers of ship services and hotel operations, destinations and distributors & manufacturers of food and beverages - allowing attendees to focus on certain categories of their choice.

The exhibition concludes on Saturday, March 11, where attendees will be invited to step aboard various cruise vessels currently operating in the industry.

Contract: Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention, Miller Freeman (Princeton) Inc., 125 Village Boulevard, Suite 220, Princeton, N.J. 08540-5703; tel: (609) 452-2800; fax (609) 452-9374.

audience, which ranges from teens to "older adults who remember tea in the afternoon," to the Seabourn fleet — whose typical customer is in their midforties and enjoys a pampered, intimate atmosphere.

With the cruise market evolving at a fast pace, Pimentel cited that the industry will tend to lean towards more specialized markets, as well as more consolidation among cruise companies "You're going to see more niche market playing, specifically on spas, golf programs and broader destinations," he said. He continued; "Though it's not a ball game for shallow pocketbooks or the meek," Pimentel said. "Without a doubt, I think there will be more industry consolidation." — Regina P. Ciardiello

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 25,  Feb 2000

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