- Taking place on June 19-20 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Miami welcomed more than 2,800 attendees to its launch event.
- Marine interior suppliers, cruise lines, design studios, and interior outfitters flocked to Miami for two days of exhibits, conferences, live product demos, and networking.
- The brand’s first event was hailed a success by the industry’s key decision makers, receiving high praise from senior director of interior design & architecture at Carnival Cruise Line, Petu Kummala, among many others.
Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Miami, the world’s first highly focused event dedicated exclusively to interior design, architecture, and outfitting in the cruise industry, welcomed the entire cruise interiors community under one roof on June 19 and 20, 2019, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, FL, USA.
The inaugural event opened its doors to more than 2,800 industry delegates from 43 countries. Twenty-three per cent of attendees held C-level job titles, while 20% were lead architects or designers. Attending companies included Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Fincantieri, Holland America Group, and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. The reception on-site was unprecedented, with the event receiving an impressive 120% rebookings on-site.
The brand’s launch event was met with high praise from the industry, with Shores Global’s CEO Susan Sadolin commenting, “The quality of visitors on day one was extremely high. We saw everybody we wanted to see and, as a result, we are developing an entire new collection for cruise lines.”
Kickstarting the event on June 18 at the New World Center in Miami, VIPs and exhibitors came together for an evening of networking, complimentary drinks, and live painting by James R Hahn at the Official Launch Party, sponsored by Bolidt, Global Marine Travel, Janus et Cie, and Somec Group.
After a successful evening of reconnecting with industry peers and making new acquaintances, attendees flooded into the expo hall at 9.30am the following day to meet with 250+ marine interior brands. The expo hall quickly filled up with cruise lines execs, senior interior designers, shipyard and outfitting experts, and IMO-certified suppliers.
“This event is something that we need. The market is changing and for the interiors industry there is nothing else like this.” – Antonio di Nenno, lead architect, MSC Cruises
Meanwhile, hundreds of delegates gathered for the first conference session of the day, ‘Cruise Industry Outlook: Leaders’ Debate,’ where speakers from Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, and MSC Cruises were welcomed to the stage by chair & associate professor of interior architecture at Florida International University Newton D’souza. It was standing room only as the session got under way.
Day two highlights included international president of NEWH Cindy Guthrie presenting Brennan Broome with a design scholarship sponsored by Cruise Ship Interiors Expo. Even more networking took place at Studio DADO’s VIP breakfast and, later in the day, at Trimline’s exclusive party.
“There is a definite need for this show. That seems to be the excitement from everyone involved.” – Petu Kummala, senior director of interior design and architecture, Carnival Cruise Line
After a laudable first event, Cruise Ship Interiors Expo attendees left with brand new connections, reaffirmed partnerships, fresh inspiration, and a host of new clients.
Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Miami will return to the Miami Beach Convention Center next year under the name Cruise Ship Interiors Expo North America, from June 16-17, 2020.
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