NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As Seatrade Cruise Global, the leading annual global business-to-business event in the cruise industry prepares to kick-off, a look at Thursday’s program reveals even more reason for attendees to stay for the entire conference.  Informative panels, intimate discussions and inspiring TED Talks-style presentations are planned with leading executives and experts. The final day of Seatrade Cruise Global 2018 will also put the spotlight on women, on International Women’s Day, with the Annual Professional Women in Cruise Brunch in partnership with WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association)

“Seatrade Cruise Global 2018 features the most comprehensive program in our 30+ year history and it is a natural extension to add even more special events, panels and speakers for Thursday’s program,” shares Chiara Giorgi, Brand Director for Seatrade Cruise Global.  “As we close out our final day in Fort Lauderdale, attendees can take advantage of top industry leaders sharing experiences and insight one last time.”

Seatrade Cruise Global 2018 Thursday 8 March highlights include the following:

  • Rick Sasso, Chairman of MSC Cruises USA, will deliver From Niche to Mainstream: A Look into the Cruise Industry’s Evolution and Growth
  • Condé Nast Traveler Articles Editor Paul Brady moderates Expedition Cruising and Polar Cruising Outlook – Managing Explosive Growth with Mark Conroy, Managing Director of Americas, Silversea Cruises; Navin Sawhney, CEO of Americas, Ponant; Captain Ben Lyons, Expedition Voyage Consultants; and Daniel Skjeldam; CEO of Hurtigruten
  • Family Traveller Chief Content Officer Laura Begley Bloom leads Top Travel Bloggers Speak Out featuring Johnny Discala, Founder of Johnny Jet.com, and Nancy Schretter, Founder and Managing Editor of Family Travel Network, Beacon Group Holdings, Inc.

Thursday’s sessions will be capped off with a panel of the leading marketing minds in cruise featuring Steve Hirshan, Senior Vice President of Avoya Travel, Gordon Ho, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing & North America Sales, Princess Cruises and Bonnie Levengood, Senior Vice President of Marketing, MSC Cruises USA. The panel topic, Marketing To Family Travelers: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities promises to be a large draw, moderated by Family Travel Network’s Nancy Schretter.

The 2018 edition marks the third year for Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale and the Broward County Convention Center taking place 5-8 March 2018.  Over 25 panels are scheduled over four days delivering the most wide-ranging program to date. The complete conference schedule can be found at Seatrade Cruise Global’s website. The website includes sections on registration details and deadlines for attendees, exhibitor and media resources, as well as travel information and a contact section for UBM, owner of the Seatrade Cruise Portfolio.

Press registration will soon 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.