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10th edition of Seatrade Med on course for success

LONDON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As the excitement continues to build for the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention in Barcelona this September, the number of participating exhibitors are growing faster than previous events, with over 14% increase on exhibition sales compared to this time in 2012 for the show in Marseille.

Another strong sign of success is the MedCruise pavilion, which is set to be the biggest yet, with over 30 ports already confirmed to back the show and continuing strong interest.

Newcomers to the show are also being supported with the addition of the 'New Supplier Zone', catering for those companies looking to break into the cruise industry and providing the opportunity to showcase their products to cruise industry professionals from around the Mediterranean and beyond.

The exhibition will be complemented by a two and half day conference, discussing the key issues surrounding the rapid expansion of cruise in the Mediterranean region, including a high level cruise line panel discussing the outlook for the region as the world economy moves out of recession. The full conference programme can be found on the Seatrade Med website.

Nina Marston, Seatrade's cruise marketing manager, commented "It's so good for the Med's cruise industry to see this strength of support for Seatrade Med. It provides the ideal business platform for all participants to engage and generate business opportunities, through the different mix in the programme – a high-level conference, showcase exhibition, travel agent training sessions and social networking events. This will be the 10th edition and the event is shaping up nicely."

Additional news and information about Seatrade Med are available at www.cruiseshippingevents.com/med. Find Seatrade Med on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

The Seatrade Med Cruise Convention is owned and organised by UBM in partnership with Seatrade and in association with the Port of Barcelona.

Editor – Nina Marston at Seatrade, Tel +44 1206 545121 or email [email protected]

Complimentary press registration is available to editors, writers and print/broadcast reporters intending to report on the event. Visit www.cruiseshippingevents.com/med/press to book your place.

About Seatrade Med
The Seatrade Med Cruise Convention, the major biennial cruise event focused on the world's second largest cruise destination – the Mediterranean, will gather in Barcelona, Spain from September 16-18, 2014 at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via Conference Centre. Owned and organized by UBM Live in partnership with Seatrade Communications Ltd, Seatrade Med is Europe's most prestigious cruise event, welcoming over 4,000 attendees and 300 exhibiting suppliers and service providers to the Mediterranean cruise market. Part of UBM Live's growing Cruise Shipping Portfolio, Seatrade Med features a comprehensive conference featuring high-profile speakers, an exhibition, a travel agent training component, and valuable networking events.

About UBM Live

UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

About Seatrade

Established 40 years ago, Seatrade is a leader in cruise and maritime publications, conferences and exhibitions, training, awards and other special projects.  Regular events include international trade exhibitions and conferences across all maritime sectors, management training courses for shipping professionals, training seminars for travel agents and award schemes, including the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards. Seatrade publications include magazines, supplements and yearbooks, whilst Seatrade Insider provides daily cruise news online at seatrade-insider.com

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