Doctoroff To Keynote CLIA’s cruise3sixty Conference

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), has tapped Daniel Doctoroff, president of Bloomberg LP and former deputy mayor of New York, to be keynote speaker at the CLIA’s industry-wide cruise3sixty conference April 2-6, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Doctoroff is expected to provide insight into the business trends, economic realities and political developments that will impact the cruise industry in the near future.

“CLIA and the participants of cruise3sixty are very fortunate to be able to hear what Dan Doctoroff has to say about the future,” Terry Dale, CLIA’s president and CEO said. "A true Renaissance man, he has been involved in virtually everything that is of utmost importance today, including politics in New York City, economic development and the financial industry. And he’s taking time out from leading one of the world’s most important financial media and information companies organizations to give us some thoughts on the cruise industry and its challenges. This is a remarkable opportunity for us.”

With five months to go, registrations already top 1,100 and suppliers are showing very high levels of interest in sponsorships and exhibitions, according to CLIA Executive Vice President Bob Sharak.

Doctoroff took the position of president of Bloomberg LP in early 2008, assuming control of an information services, news and media company with more than 143 bureaus around the world and 10,000 employees.

Before joining Bloomberg, Doctoroff worked for the company’s founder, Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York, as deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding. Prior to that, he was a managing partner at Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm where he was responsible for the purchase of a wide variety of companies in such fields as insurance, cable television, hotels, leasing and information services.

cruise3sixty is the cruise industry’s “must-attend” annual conference and the premier event for CLIA. In its fifth year, the conference has steadily grown, most recently drawing nearly 1,400 travel agents, more than 300 exhibitors and hosting 17 cruise ships for inspections.

For more information and registration materials, visit www.cruise3sixty.com or www.cruising.org.

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