MSC Cruises‘ Pierfrancesco Vago has been named worldwide chair of Cruise Strains Intercontinental Affiliation (CLIA), the cruise industry’s trade association, effective instantly. Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, a Geneva, Switzerland-primarily based cruise company, was appointed by CLIA to a two-calendar year term.
Vago is the initially European to provide in this CLIA function. He earlier served as chairman of CLIA Europe in 2014.
“On behalf of the whole CLIA group, together with the two our team and our members, I would like to welcome Mr. Vago and congratulate him on his appointment as CLIA Global Chairman,” stated CLIA president and CEO Kelly Craighead, in a press announcement. “Mr. Vago is a visionary leader within just the global cruise neighborhood. We will benefit greatly from his concepts, insights, and way as we glance to conquer the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance the restart of the cruise field internationally and in the United States, in certain.”
Prior to his executive chairman part with MSC Cruises, Vago served as CEO of that line from 2003 to 2013. Among the his achievements are that Vago has driven MSC Cruises’ rapid-paced, 800 per cent progress. During 2020, he was praised for proactively tackling tough conversations with local, regional and E.U. authorities during Europe, which in the long run resulted in MSC Cruises’ return to European operations in August. As a end result, the line has effectively carried a lot more than 30,000 attendees, demonstrating that big-ship cruising can be carried out safely and securely with new protocols in location and a “protection bubble” technique to shore offerings.
Even though Italian authorities adopted stricter vacation journey regulations in late 2020, which shut down people cruises, those people are now lifted. MSC Grandiosa will commence sailing once more on January 24 from Genoa, Italy, with MSC Magnifica restarting cruising in February.
On his appointment as CLIA global chair, Vago stated: “This is really crucial juncture for our marketplace globally. I am honored and grateful for the support and have faith in of my friends as we do the job to resume the business of developing unforgettable encounters for our treasured attendees, as properly as building financial effect and job alternatives benefitting thousands and thousands of people all over the world who are touched in so a lot of approaches by our marketplace.”
Vago continued: “With over 200 sailings that have taken spot considering that very last summer time in several marketplaces about the world, all with demanding actions in area to encourage community health and fitness, we have established that a return to cruising is probable. I search forward to performing with CLIA management and our partners in the sector to go on down this path and assist protected a vivid future for all who rely on it.”
Vago succeeds Adam Goldstein who not too long ago concluded his 2nd term as CLIA’s world chairman. CLIA’s push launch reported Goldstein “will stay hectic with his get the job done and involvement in a number of engineering startups and non-income corporations.”
Goldstein reported it was an honor to have served as CLIA’s world wide chairman, even as the sector has faced unparalleled worries. “I have known Pierfrancesco Vago for numerous years and am fortuitous to look at him a good friend,” he added. “I want him and all people at CLIA and in the course of the sector tremendous results. I truly imagine that the ideal is still to come for this incredibly distinctive business.”
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