Anastassiadis, Dingle, Eichhorn, McCarthy, Meier, Pojer and Vogel join list of speakers for Seatrade Europe


Mr Kyriakos Anastassiadis – Chairman, CLIA Europe and Chief Executive Officer, Celestyal Cruises – has confirmed that he will lead the keynote session of the opening day of Seatrade Europe taking place in Hamburg this 6-8 September, with a focus on ‘Uniting the European cruise industry in preparing for a new dawn’.

He will discuss his views on the significant role Europe’s integrated cruise community is playing and how it can continue to drive across multiple platforms, including as a source market, a destination, environmental stewardship, technology, shipbuilding and economic driver.

Anastassiadis will then be joined on stage by a strong panel of industry personalities that include: David Dingle, Chairman, Carnival UK; Felix Eichhorn, President, AIDA Cruises; Capt. Michael McCarthy, Chairman, Cruise Europe and Commercial Manager, Port of Cork Company; Wybcke Meier, Chief Executive Officer, TUI Cruises GmbH; Karl J. Pojer, Chief Executive Officer, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Chairman, CLIA Germany and Richard Vogel, President & CEO, Grupo Pullmantur for the opening ‘Future of the Cruise Industry in Europe’ session.

Also participating in the Seatrade Europe conference programme is Andreas Chrysostomou, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, CLIA Europe; Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, MSC Group; Dr Thomas Konkel, seasoned cruise traveller; Stuart Leven, Vice President, EMEA and Managing Director, RCL Cruises Ltd; Rita Berstad Maraak, Port Director Geirangerfjord Cruise Port; Arnt Møller Pedersen, Chief Operating Officer, Cruise & Ferries, Copenhagen Malmö Port; Maria Pittordis, Partner, Head of Marine, Trade & Energy, Hill Dickinson; Tim Reardon, Policy Director – Taxation, Ferry and Cruise, UK Chamber of Shipping; Sacha Rougier, Managing Director, Cruise Gate Hamburg; and Tom Strang, SVP Maritime Affairs, Carnival Corporation & Plc and Chairman, CLIA Europe Environment, Safety & Security Committee.

Europe continues to make waves in the growing cruise sector, ranked as number three globally as a source market with 2.02m passengers in 2016, according to a recent CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) report*. The report also stated that 24.7m people cruised on the oceans in 2016, higher than the 24.2m initially projected.

As well as the opening session, the following topics will be discussed during the three-day event:

  • The impact of Brexit on the European cruise industry
  • Ports and Destinations – Operating beyond peak demand
  • Sustainability and Green Shipping, sponsored by gmec
  • Design and Interiors
  • Shorex: What’s trending?

There will also be two river cruise sessions as part of the ‘River Cruise Day’ on Wednesday 6 September:

  • The rise of the river cruise - identifying river innovation
  • Shore activities and turnarounds - a security risk for Europe's rivership guests?

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Contact – Nina Marston, Marketing Manager – Seatrade Cruise Portfolio, UBM EMEA
Email: nina.marston(at)ubm(dot)com 
Tel: +44 1206 201522

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Notes to the editors:

About Seatrade Europe

Seatrade Europe, the leading trade event of the European cruise and river cruise industry, organised by Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, in partnership with Seatrade (UBM EMEA), is held in Hamburg, Germany's famous seaport on the Elbe River. Industry decision-makers and professionals will meet to exchange ideas, set new trends and expand their business networks. Exhibitors include shipyards, ship chandlers, food and beverage suppliers, classification societies, cruise ports and shipbrokers, among others. From small-scale on-board hospitals to huge restaurant kitchens, from waste disposal to entertainment equipment, operations on board a cruise ship are highly complex, requiring perfect logistics. At the conference held in parallel with the exhibition, high-level experts will discuss current industry topics. Seatrade Europe will open doors from Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 September 2017.

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Cruise Week in September 2017

From 1 to 10 September 2017, the port of Hamburg will again be transformed into a giant stage for major cruise events. For the second time, Hamburg will be bundling its cruise events and welcoming both the public and industry experts for ten days. The highlights are: Seatrade Europe (6-8 September) – Europe's meeting point for the cruise industry, the Hamburg Cruise Days (8-10 September) – Europe's largest public cruise event as well as two events organised by CLIA (5–6 September), the world's largest cruise association. Throughout the events, the port will again be illuminated and transformed into Blue Port Hamburg by lighting artist Michael Batz (1-10 September).

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