NEW YORK, April 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s leading annual business-to-business event, will feature 200 new exhibitors at this year’s record-breaking event. Marking its 35th year, Seatrade Cruise Global will make its return to Miami at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center 8-11 April 2019.
The sold-out show floor, organized in sector-specific neighborhoods, will connect over 11,000 buyers and sellers and host a newly imagined program.
Highlights on the floor include The Promenade, a new pavilion featuring ground breaking innovations and must-haves in hotel operations and concessions, which will host cooking demonstrations and receptions. Also new for 2019, the Safety & Sustainability Theater will bring the latest in cyber, port and tour security systems, as well as access control, monitoring and life-saving technologies; and the Cruising Innovations Theater provides access to industry influencers showcasing ideas, strategies and experiences that set today's modern cruise lines apart.
Also new for 2019, an increased number of new “Seatrade Talks” will pass the mic to industry leaders as they share their perspectives on cruising’s hottest topics from innovation to sustainability. Featured speakers will include Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line; Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President, Cunard North America and Chief Strategy Officer, Carnival Corporation; Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer, Silversea Cruises; Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises; and Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten.
The sector-specific neighborhoods will showcase:
Design & Ship Interiors
Bringing together the industry’s top designers and suppliers, this go-to space offers the newest trends and innovations in cruise ship interiors and design. Program highlights include the curated Day Designed For You (10 April) where attendees can enjoy a day dedicated to the art of design with presentations and receptions including Cruise Ship Design: Veterans or Virgins (10 April) and A New Era of Design and Cruising (10 April), moderated by Paul Brady, Editorial Strategist, SkiftX, will explore how designers are creating new spaces that can translate to new experiences for cruisers.
The latest insights and technology in entertainment will be on full display at Seatrade this April. Attendees can discover solutions and products to elevate their entertainment offerings and cruise experiences, from virtual and augmented reality, interactive games and theatres to wellness offerings and onboard glamping. The Entertainment Spotlight (10 April) will be moderated by Charly McDonald, Principal, Spark Cooperative and will include Richard Kilman, Vice President Entertainment, Virgin Voyages.
Environmental & Health
Showcasing the green future of cruise, the environmental and health neighborhood will explore innovations and solutions for better practices in sustainability. Attendees can expect to learn about LNG and alternative fuels, green tech, filtration systems, energy-saving devices, renewable energy and hybrid power generation. Sustainability will also be featured in several new programs including The Future Is Green: Building The World’s Greenest Cruise Line (10 April) with Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten and Energy Efficiency And Environmentally Friendly Innovations Panel (9 April) in the Safety and Sustainability Theatre. Seatrade will also welcome new ideas and innovations in the Pitch Competition: Sustainability Onboard (9 April), where breakthrough ideas in green initiatives, waste reduction, technology and more will be showcased.
Hotel Operations and Concessions
With the new Promenade stage at the heart of the hotel operations and concessions neighborhood, attendees can enjoy live demos, tastings and receptions in addition to hearing from the hospitality industry’s top leaders. Featured exhibitors will include TarHong, Scandia, Whittaker’s and Nassau Candy. Culinary sessions at the Promenade will include the Cruising Culinary Corner (9 April), Food Network Culinary Trends Discussion (9 April) and the special Hotel Operations and Concessions Reception (9 April). The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will also host a Hotel Operations, Food & Beverage Forum (10 April) for suppliers of hotel operations, food and beverage products and services to address key industry topics and build business connections with relevant CLIA cruise line decision-makers during Seatrade Cruise Global.
As advancements in technology continue to re-shape the landscape of cruise, Seatrade offers the opportunity to discover the latest cutting-edge tech to bring businesses to the next level. From exhibitors like LG Electronics, Oracle Hospitality and Lufthansa Industry Solutions to Cisco, Speedcast and Global Eagle, attendees can explore the products that are disrupting the industry and learn how they can evolve with it. Artificial intelligence sessions and technology panels will also be available, including Enhancing the Guest Experience with Technology (9 April) with participants from MSC Cruises, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services, Sourcetoad and Global Eagle. Also scheduled for this year’s program is the Technology Infrastructure Powering the Future of Cruising (10 April) and Artificial Intelligence: What’s All the Buzz About (10 April).
Ports & Destinations
Attendees are invited to travel around the world and discover the distinguishing cultures of both sought-after destinations and hidden gems. The hottest trends in shore excursions and ports will take centerstage, from India, Shanghai and Hong Kong to MedCruise, Ports of Spain, Cruise Britain and the Caribbean. Program highlights will include Transforming Shore Excursions To Deliver Authentic And Exclusive Experiences (8 April) with Hannah Sampson, Senior Editor, Skift as the moderator and a Caribbean Spotlight … The Future Is Bright (11 April) with panelists from Silversea Cruises, MSC Cruises and SeaDream Yacht Club.
Safety and Security
Showcasing thought provoking insights and best practices, the safety and security neighborhood will present attendees and cruise lines with the resources needed to achieve a responsible and safe cruising experience. Exhibitors on display will range from Survitec, Smiths Detection and ZKTeco USA to Fire Aid and RiskBand. In addition, workshops and panels will include the Featured Session at the Safety & Sustainability Theater; An Interview with Tom Strang, Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs, Carnival Corporation (10 April). Attendees can also network with fellow professionals at the Safety & Sustainability Reception (10 April).
Ship Equipment & Shipbuilding
The ship equipment and shipbuilding neighborhood will feature an impressive lineup of exhibitors including Fincantieri, German Pavilion, Danish Export Association, Siemens, Wärtsilä and Meyer Werft. From ship fittings, electrical and ship operating systems to talent acquisition, the equipment neighborhood is the place for the latest products and solutions, as well as specialty programming like The Future of Shipbuilding And Design (10 April).
Attendees can register by visiting: www.seatradecruiseglobal.com/register.
Press registration is open to journalists intending to report on the convention’s exhibition and conference sessions. Once members of the media complete the registration form, convention organizers will review and approve press credentials prior to issuing a complimentary pass.
About Seatrade Cruise Global
Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 is taking place 8-11 April 2019 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The exhibition is the leading annual global B2B event for the cruise industry. Bringing together buyers and suppliers for a four-day conference and three-day exhibition, the gathering draws more than 11,000 registered attendees, over 700 exhibiting companies from 113 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. Seatrade is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit www.ubm.com and www.informa.com.