Seatrade Cruise Global 2017 Announces State of the Global Cruise Industry Panel Details

NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Seatrade Cruise Global, the leading global business-to-business event for the cruise industry, in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), announces the 2017 State of the Global Cruise Industry participants. This year's panel, featuring executives from the world's leading cruise lines, will take on a new format moderated by CNBC Reporter Susan Li. It will once again be held in Port Everglades Terminal Four, adjacent to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.

"We are delighted to announce Susan Li as our moderator for the 2017 State of the Global Cruise Industry," shares Robyn Duda, Portfolio Director for Seatrade Cruise Global. "Her knowledge and expertise in bringing the most important business news stories into our offices and living rooms on a daily basis will be welcomed at this year's conference." 

Susan Li will moderate the State of the Global Cruise Industry Panel from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 14 March, 2017. Setting the course of the cruise industry's premier annual event, the panel will commence with four innovative CruiseTalks on key topics, delivered by the most influential executives in the cruise industry. Technology & Innovation, Shipbuilding, Destination Planning, and Environmental & Safety Practices will be discussed individually by the following leaders:

  • Frank Del Rio, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
  • Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc
  • Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  • Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises

As the individual CruiseTalks conclude, the four executives will join Ms. Li for a panel discussion addressing the current hot topics in the industry. The expanding Asian market, ever changing geo-political climate, growing global fleet capacity and more will be items of conversation for the group. Always a programming highlight for Seatrade Cruise Global, the State of the Global Cruise Industry will once again feature a full-house of attendees and media covering the keynote event.

"The State of the Global Cruise Industry always delivers a thought-provoking conversation, and I look forward to the new format featuring these cruise leaders addressing one specific topic individually that they are passionate about in the cruise world," said Cindy D'Aoust, President and CEO of Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). "These iconic industry leaders will deliver engaging dialogue and CNBC's Susan Li will bring out the best in each of them." 

Susan Li is a general assignment reporter appearing on CNBC's Business Day programming including "Squawk Box," "Power Lunch" and "Fast Money." Li was previously an anchor for CNBC International in London and earlier hosted multiple shows in the Hong Kong studio. Li has interviewed many of the world's key business and political figures throughout her career and looks forward to moderating the 2017 State of the Global Cruise Industry in Fort Lauderdale.   

Press registration is open to journalists intending to report on the convention's exhibition and conference sessions.  Journalists are asked to fill out the registration form and convention organizers will issue a complimentary pass once their credentials have been verified and approved.  Attendees are able to customize their conference and trade show experience by choosing from packages that best suit their business needs. 

About Seatrade Cruise Global 
Seatrade Cruise Global 2017 is taking place 13-16 March 2017 at the Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center. The exhibition is the leading annual global business-to-business event for the cruise industry. Bringing together buyers and suppliers for a four-day conference and three-day exhibition, the gathering draws more than 10,000 registered attendees, over 700 exhibiting companies from 93 countries and more than 300 international journalists to become the cruise industry's epicenter of ideas, products and services.  A who's who of the industry participate in a comprehensive panel of discussions featuring experts, leaders and thought-makers including the State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote with the chief executives of the world's largest cruise companies. Call +1-212-600-3260 or visit for more information.