NEW YORK, Feb. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Seatrade Cruise Global, the leading annual global business-to-business event for the cruise industry, has partnered with LAB Miami Ventures for the 2018 Future of Travel Summit startup competition. The winning company, selected by a panel of travel industry experts on Monday, February 12, will receive an invitation to take the stage of the Cruising Innovations Theater at Seatrade Cruise Global this March, sharing their story with a “who’s who” of the cruise world.

“South Florida is the center of the cruise universe and Seatrade Cruise Global is delighted to connect the industry’s decision-makers from around the world with the brightest minds and most inspiring technology companies,” describes Chiara Giorgi, Brand Director for Seatrade Cruise Global. “At its core Seatrade Cruise Global is about facilitating lasting connections in the cruise industry and we look forward to building on this relationship with LAB Miami Ventures for years to come.”

Organizing the first-ever event of its kind in Miami, LAB Ventures’ Future of Travel Summit will bring together start-ups developing disruptive technologies, angel investors, and established global travel brands. Technology is an integral part of today's travel experience and LAB Ventures has created a complete program that combines pitch sessions from the region’s most interesting and disruptive start-ups, compelling panel discussions and keynote speeches addressing the ever-accelerating tech trends in travel.  Those interested can visit the website for a full schedule of the day’s events and register today. 

The 2018 edition of Seatrade Cruise Global marks the third year at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center taking place 5-8 March. The full conference program is available at www.seatradecruiseglobal.com and will once again provide a platform to discuss topics and issues in cruising led by top executives, industry experts and thought-leaders.  

Setting the course of the cruise industry’s premier annual event, the keynote State of the Global Cruise Industry panel, sponsored by Hong Kong Tourism Board, will feature four key executives from the world’s leading cruise lines including: Frank Del Rio, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd; Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation; Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd; Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises.  A bonus panel with two new leaders, Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Managing Director Douglas Prothero called Innovation, Disruption and Setting the Course for the Future will immediately follow the State of the Global Cruise Industry.

Highlights of the 2018 program include an Innovation Case Study series in the new Cruising Innovations Theater, regional spotlights and the second annual Seatrade Cruise Global Safety and Security Symposium.  Over 25 panels are scheduled over four days delivering the most wide-ranging program to date.

Seatrade Cruise Global press registration is open to journalists intending to report on the convention’s exhibition and conference sessions.  Journalists are asked to fill out the registration form and convention organizers will issue a complimentary pass once their credentials have been verified and approved. 

About Seatrade Cruise Global

Seatrade Cruise Global 2018 is taking place 5-8 March 2018 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center. The exhibition is the leading annual global business-to-business 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. Call +1-212-600-3260 or visit http://www.seatradecruiseglobal.com for more information.

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