Royal Caribbean CEO Jason Liberty named CLIA Chairman

Cruise industry looks to build on demand momentum
/ New Delhi
Royal Caribbean CEO Jason Liberty named CLIA Chairman
Royal Caribbean CEO Jason Liberty named CLIA Chairman

Liberty became Royal Caribbean Group’s President and CEO in early 2022

Global cruise industry association CLIA has a new chairman as Jason Liberty, CEO of Royal Caribbean takes over from Pierfrancesco Vago.
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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a leading representative association of the global cruise industry, has announced that Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty has been appointed Chairman by its Board of Directors. 

In a press statement, CLIA says that Liberty succeeds Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, who served in the role since January 2021.

Kelly Craighead

Kelly Craighead

“On behalf of the CLIA community including ocean, river, and specialty cruise lines, suppliers, business partners, travel advisers, and agencies, I would like to congratulate Liberty on his appointment as CLIA chair. Liberty assumes the chairmanship at a time when the industry is building on the momentum of strong demand and our members are advancing ambitious sustainability initiatives in pursuit of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050,” says Kelly Craighead, president and CEO of CLIA.

“Liberty is a highly versatile and strategic leader who will help us build on this resurgence of travel and realise our global operating ambitions,’’ adds Craighead.

“I would also like to thank Vago for his leadership as chair over the past three years, navigating challenging times and creating a solid foundation for the industry’s future growth,” she added.

According to the statement, Liberty became Royal Caribbean Group’s President and CEO in early 2022, following a career spanning nearly two decades in the cruise industry and having served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer for many years.

Last year, he drove powerful gains in the Group’s business, becoming one of the top performing stocks of the year. He stewards three industry-leading brands, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea, known for game-changing innovations in their respective industry segments; as well as joint ventures in Germany-based TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, of which the company is a 50 pc owner.

“I am excited and honoured to lead this organisation as we enter a new era of cruising. With consumer demand continuing to accelerate, we are doubling down on our commitment to decarbonisation and sustainable growth, ensuring that we are not only investing in our oceans and communities, but preserving them for generations of travellers to come,” says Liberty.

“I look forward to working with CLIA leadership and our partners around the world to further position cruise vacations as an accessible and responsible option for today’s travellers that create positive ripple effects across the globe,” he adds.

Cruise is one of the fastest growing sectors of travel and tourism and was forecasted to have reached 106 pc of 2019 levels in 2023, with 31.5 million passengers sailing, and expects that number to rise further to approximately 35 million passengers in 2024.

The statement adds that global chair for CLIA provides leadership to the CLIA Global Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, responsible for establishing the overall strategic direction of the association on behalf of its cruise line members representing 95 pc of the world’s ocean-going cruise lines.

As part of CLIA’s long-term strategy, CLIA member lines have set inspiring sustainability goals, and each year the CLIA member fleet becomes more efficient as member lines embrace new technologies, innovations and, as available, the uptake of sustainable alternative fuels. CLIA says it provides an important and unified voice for the global cruise line industry representing cruise lines, suppliers, business partners, and a robust travel advisor community.

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