February 6 2014  |  Airline & Terminal News

CLIA reaches out to ports with new committee

By Hibah Noor

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today announced the establishment of a Global Ports Committee and new regional committees in the Americas, Australasia and Asia.

“CLIA is now focusing more on engaging directly with port communities around the world both on operational and strategic issues,” said a release from the group. “Port partners will now have increased opportunities to engage with CLIA member lines through this newly established Committee structure.”

The Global Ports Committee is chaired by Giora Israel of Carnival Corporation. Other members are Tom Spina of Norwegian Cruise Line, Gianluca Suprani of MSC Cruises, and John Tercek of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The committee is designed to serve as a forum where cruise lines and ports from around the world can discuss related issues.

CLIA also announced that it has named Bo Larsen Director of Port Engagement and Business Development. In this role, Larsen will initially have responsibility as the staff liaison to the regional ports committee in Europe and Executive Partner business development for Northern Europe.

Before joining CLIA, Larsen served as director of the Cruise Copenhagen Network and Cruise Baltic, where he oversaw the significant growth of the cruise industry in the region and had responsibility for sales, marketing, business development and branding. Larsen joins CLIA on March 1.

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