What’s Next for CLIA’s Hotel, F&B Executive Partner Community

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Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) new hotel operations and food and beverage Executive Partner community, introduced last year, will be attending a series of conferences and events this year. The group’s calendar will include forums and receptions at Seatrade Cruise Global in April, The National Restaurant Association’s trade show in May, ANUGA Germany in October and CLIA’s second annual HFB Business Conference in November.

Held last November, CLIA’s inaugural HFB conference welcomed around 80 procurement professionals from cruise brands’ hotel and culinary operations, as well as about 200 suppliers. The event facilitated over 700 one-on-one meetings and offered a series of social events.

According to CLIA’s website, the new HFB program will help members network with a range of companies, including those related to:

  • Food and beverage manufacturing and distribution, transportation and logistics
  • Dining room durables and expendables
  • Galley equipment
  • Guest room furnishings and amenities
  • Housekeeping supplies, paper and packaging products
  • Entertainment, recreation, casino and gaming operations

The new Executive Partner community is made up of procurement leadership from CLIA's member cruise lines. The group is now accepting applications to join. The HFB program, CLIA’s fifth, joins the association’s port and destination, travel and tourism, technical and supply chain and professional services communities. Overall, CLIA’s Executive Partner Program has almost 400 global partners. CLIA itself consists of over 50 cruise lines.

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