CLIA has selected Adam Goldstein as its new chairman. Goldstein, president and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., will take over the post from Howard Frank, chairman of Costa Crociere S.p.A., on Jan. 1, 2015. Frank has held the position since 2010.
Commenting on his appointment, Goldstein said: “The cruise industry today is a global industry, and under Howard’s leadership CLIA became a world-class global association. I’m honoured to take on this new role, and I look forward to continuing Howard’s vision of a unified industry working together to ensure the safety and well-being of our passengers and crew, while encouraging a larger share of leisure travellers to consider the exceptional vacation experience that taking a cruise offers.”
Under the chairmanship of Frank, CLIA implemented the association’s new global structure under a unified mission of “One Industry, One Voice.” The association also expanded its offerings and value to travel agent Members, and to destinations, ports, and industry suppliers under its Executive Partner membership program.
Christine Duffy, CLIA president and CEO, said: “It’s been a privilege to work alongside Howard to achieve the Board’s vision for the cruise industry’s association. The worldwide prospects for growth in the cruise industry are unprecedented, and under Adam’s leadership I’m confident that CLIA will be well-positioned to help all of our members seize every opportunity.”
Over the past decade, there has seen a 77% increase in the popularity of cruising, to a record 21.3 passengers worldwide in 2013. On a global basis, the cruise industry was responsible last year for $117 billion in total spending that supported more than 891,000 jobs paying over $38 billion in wages.
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