Trade & Logistics Committee Hosts Conversations on the Economy of Cruises at Royal Caribbean’s “Crown of Miami’
Content provided by Lewis Greenberg, Senior Manager at Marcum LLP and Co-Chair, Marketing Sub-Committee of the MDBC’s Trade & Logistics Committee. Photos: Shoot My Travel
The numbers speak for themselves: Miami is THE Cruise Capital of the World and it was this reality that prompted Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s Trade & Logistics Committee’s decision to host a discussion highlighting the cruise industry’s importance to our city’s economy. Cruising is essentially passenger logistics, but this discussion focused more on the business logistics of supplying and operating these magnificent “cities on the water.”
President & CEO of the Beacon Council, Michael Finney, opened the meeting with an overview of the impact this industry has on Miami-Dade County. Russell Benford, Vice President of Government Relations – Americas at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. then presented a short film documenting Royal Caribbean’s post-hurricane relief efforts.
The discussion was then turned over to a panel of experts, featuring Moderator Mary Buckley (Assistant Professor for the College of Hospitality Management at Johnson & Wales University), Michael Cheng (Interim Dean for Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University), Doris Miranda (Director of Global Logistics & Warehousing at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) and Paul Osburn (Chief Operating Officer – USA at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Inc.)
The event took place in Royal Caribbean’s Terminal A, which opened in 2018 and is know as the “Crown of Miami”. Special thanks to Royal Caribbean and Prologis for hosting and sponsoring the meeting attended by over 150 professionals in the industry and additional thanks to Shoot My Travel for photographing the event.
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