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Kelly Craighead


President and CEO

Kelly Craighead is the president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), representing a vast community of ocean-going cruise lines, as well as river cruise marketing affiliates, a highly trained and certified travel agent community, and cruise industry partners ranging from ports and destinations to shipbuilders, developers, and other maritime business services.

In her capacity as President and CEO of CLIA, Kelly is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s advocacy initiatives, which are designed to support the broad international business coalition that comprises the global cruise industry.

Under her leadership, CLIA and its members are paving the way in responsible tourism practices, significantly increasing the industry’s collective investment in research, development, and education, as well as executing advocacy and promotional efforts that add and create value for the cruise community and its partners.

Sessions With Kelly Craighead

Monday, 16 May

  • 04:45pm - 05:15pm (PST) / 16/may/2022 11:45 pm - 17/may/2022 12:15 am

    There’s No Business Like Cruise Business

    The cruise business has arguably been the hardest hit maritime industry during the pandemic, but in many parts of the world the sector is enjoying a rebirth, re-invention and a flurry of luxury newbuilds to renew the global fleet. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)'s President and CEO Kelly Craighead will share her vision on this new era for cruise shipping, including emerging markets, and how ports can help to shape it.