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The DFNI Annual Conference

June 11, 2018 - June 13, 2018

In a first of its kind, the DFNI Cruise & Ferry Conference brings together experts in maritime travel retail and other key stakeholders shaping the future of sales at sea – or indeed on embarkation.  

The cruise sector is booming. One of the fastest growing categories in travel and tourism, current forecasts predict that passenger numbers will grow by around 7% between now and 2020, while in the same time frame 37 more cruise ships will come online adding nearly 100,000 to world wide passenger capacity.    

Ferry retail too is doing solid business in many regions, while political circumstances present new possibilities for revitalised fortunes in places that have seen hard times in recent decades.  

There are also retailers who focus on selling to those working at sea through crew shops. With more than 80% of global trade delivered by ship – not to mention vast legions of navy personnel deployed globally – these are hardly markets to be ignored.  

The DFNI Cruise & Ferry Conference provides a unique opportunity to hear from thought leaders and innovators in the maritime retail channel – retailers, brands, suppliers, operators and ports, as well as other key players.  

Learn about the unparalleled opportunities for luxury retail in emerging Asian cruise markets. Update yourself on the shifting demographics of the Caribbean cruise passenger. Perhaps it’s how new types of cruises will affect on-board retail that interests you. Or learn how brands have harnessed the power of the sea to build their global footprint. The DFNI Cruise & Ferry Conference will offer the opportunity – through keynote speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities – to do all of the above and a lot more besides.  

Rome, the Eternal City and perennially popular Mediterranean cruise destination, provides the ideal backdrop for all those in the maritime travel-retail industry, as well as those thinking about moving into it, to learn, share and explore the invigorating potential of the ocean as a dynamic marketplace.  

Take advantage of our early booking discount and secure your place at this unmissable event. 


June 11, 2018
June 13, 2018
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