Royal Caribbean Executive Succeeds Carnival's Howard Frank
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 -- The Board of Directors of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has appointed Adam Goldstein as Chairman as of January 1. In a normal rotation of duties, Goldstein, President and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., will take over from Howard Frank, Chairman of Costa Crociere S.p.A., who has served as CLIA Chair since 2010.
"The cruise industry today is a global industry, and under Howard's leadership CLIA became a world-class global association," said Goldstein. "I'm honored 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 travelers 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.
"It's been a privilege to work alongside Howard to achieve the Board's vision for the cruise industry's association," said Christine Duffy, CLIA president and CEO. "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."
The past decade has seen a 77 percent 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.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world's largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines and travel agents before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members.
Source: Cruise Lines International Assn.