Seatrade Cruise Med announces panellists

Seatrade Cruise Med announces panellists

The conference returns with more than 2,000 cruise professionals in Malaga, Spain this September 

Seatrade Cruise Med, a gathering for the global cruise industry in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas, has announced panellists and themes for its 2022 State of the Mediterranean Cruise Industry Keynote.

Kicking off the event on 14 September 2022, the dynamic panel will gather top executive leaders to discuss the Mediterranean’s strong position in the industry and other topics under the event’s overarching theme, Steering Change Together.

Seatrade Cruise Global brand and event director Chiara Giorgi said: “As we celebrate the long-awaited return of Seatrade Cruise Med, it’s even more exciting to welcome our attendees with an incredibly strong panel of industry experts to weigh in on current insights and trends emerging in the Mediterranean.

“This thought-provoking discussion will set the stage for our engaging conference programme, exploring how the industry can work together to spark change and navigate towards a stronger future for cruise.”

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Presented in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the State of the Mediterranean Cruise Industry Keynote panel will kick-off the two-day conference, making its return after a four-year hiatus.

Attendees will be welcomed with an address from CLIA, led by Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises executive chairman and CLIA global chairman, followed by executives from Seatrade Cruise, MedCruise and the host destination, Málaga.

The event will be moderated by Seatrade Cruise group director Mary Bond. Panellists will discuss the Mediterranean’s position as the world’s second-largest cruise destination and the drive behind deployment decisions in the region.

The dialogue will also look at the industry’s commitment to a carbon-zero future, its work on modelling responsible tourism practices, and “its dedication to deliver world-class passenger experience that makes cruising the superior way to travel the world”.

Joining the discussion are leading cruise executives from the Mediterranean region:
- Figen Ayan, president, MedCruise
- Marie-Caroline Laurent, director general, CLIA Europe
- Gianni Onorato, chief executive, MSC Cruises
- Chris Theophilides, chief executive, Celestyal Cruises
- Mario Zanetti, president, Costa Cruises

CLIA president and chief executive Kelly Craighead: “CLIA is proud of our cruise line members and their pioneering efforts across the Mediterranean and the world. We are delighted to partner with Seatrade Cruise Med to host the State of the Mediterranean Cruise Industry panel featuring our world-renowned brands and industry visionaries and welcome the opportunity to share ideas and collaborate with one another and the wider cruise community as we plot the course toward a better future for cruise.”


The State of the Mediterranean Cruise Industry Keynote will take place from 10am-11.30am on Wednesday, 14 September 2022.

Seatrade Cruise Med will take place at the Trade Fairs and Congress Centre of Málaga, 14 to 15 September 2022. In partnership with MedCruise, and hosted by the Port of Málaga, Málaga City Council, Costa del Sol and Andalucía, the conference and exhibition will feature influential discussions with headlining notable figures from the Mediterranean’s leading cruise lines.

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