MSC Cruises’ Pierfrancesco Vago has been appointed as the new global chairman of Clia (Cruise Lines International Association) as the industry looks to resume operations later this year.
Vago, who is executive chairman of MSC Cruises, takes up his two-year term as Clia global chairman with immediate effect. He takes over from previous chairman Adam Goldstein who has just finished his second term in the role.
“This is a highly critical juncture for our industry globally,” said Vago, who becomes the first European to hold the global chairman position.
“I am honoured and grateful for the support and trust of my peers as we work to resume the business of creating unforgettable experiences for our treasured guests, as well as generating economic impact and job opportunities benefiting millions of people worldwide who are touched in so many ways by our industry.”
MSC is one of the cruise lines around the world to have successfully relaunched operations during summer 2020 despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“With over 200 sailings that have taken place since last summer in various markets around the world, all with strict measures in place to promote public health, we have proven that a return to cruising is possible,” added Vago.
“I look forward to working with Clia leadership and our partners in the industry to continue down this path and help secure a vibrant future for all who depend on it.”