CLIA has announced that next year it will run its biggest ever river cruise roadshow for members, visiting six cities over a two-week period in March 2019.

In spite of 2017's devastating hurricanes, Caribbean and Latin American destinations overall benefited from a record $3.36bn in direct cruise spending, a 6.3% increase compared to the last measurement in 2015.

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) have developed a collaboration through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strategic cooperation to drive the emerging cruise tourism in Malaysia.




The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's 'Caribbean is Open/Caribbean for Everyone' campaign has enticed travelers to the region, but 'horror stories' continue to pop up in the media, showing conditions that no longer exist, Carnival Corp. & plc chairman Micky Arison said Tuesday. Such reports may help destinations get aid but they 'deter the demand in a big way.'

Fast-growing MSC Cruises has much to offer the Caribbean, particularly access to a broad market of European travelers—up to 50% who return for land vacations, executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said in his keynote address to the FCCA Conference & Trade Show in San Juan on Tuesday.

Cruising's most important global destination—the Caribbean—has largely bounced back from 2017's devastaging hurricanes but still faces a bundle of challenges. Vulnerable ecosystems, rising sea levels, regional debt, outdated funding mechanisms, inequality and inadequate tourism infrastructure investment are some of them.

During the 2017/18 cruise season, Puerto Rico benefited from cruise-related spending to the tune of $151.2m, despite dealing with a historic hurricane season, and the destination looks to a potential $70m boost by hosting the upcoming FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show.

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association is going to continue its 'Caribbean is Open'/'Caribbean for Everyone' campaign with new tiered levels so destinations and stakeholders can share their message while presenting a united front.

The Italian and French shipbuilding industry associations ASSONAVE and GICAN have inked a common 'Research, Development and Innovation Road Map for Shipbuilding.'

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators has decided to include Iceland in its geographical range. As a result, the association's guidelines and other measures will be applied to ensure sustainable expedition cruise operations in Iceland.

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