CSI to debut new format for 2023 conference

Programme to feature a combination of keynote and workshop sessions on the event’s second day

CSI to debut new format for 2023 conference

Elite Exhibitions

CSI will take place in Miami Beach Convention Center from 6-7 June

By Alex Smith |

Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas (CSI) is debuting a new, overhauled conference and workshop programme in its 2023 edition, taking place from 6-7 June at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The programme will feature a combination of keynote and workshop sessions taking place on the second day of the event – which will be themed on learning and development – instead of being spread across two days in previous iterations. According to organisers Elite Exhibitions, this will allow the event to offer a more interactive programme.

The CSI Conference & Workshop Programme will be presented in partnership with hospitality networking community NEWH and is now accredited by the International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC). Each CEU-accredited session will be tailored to suit companies across the cruise interiors supply chain.

Sessions will include ‘Marine Design 101,’ where industry newcomers can submit questions to a panel of CSI Advisory Board members. The keynote session ‘Leaders Debate – State of the Industry’, will explore the biggest trends and opportunities facing the industry, from sustainable sourcing to corporate responsibility, led by design experts from cruise lines and design firms.

Design-focused sessions will include ‘A Tale of Design,’ where a panel will share how to create emotional connections with guests through design storytelling. The panel will feature Trisha Poole, president at Design Poole and past International President at NEWH.

Other speakers throughout the programme include Sascha Lang, vice president of architectural & design, newbuild and innovation at Royal Caribbean Cruises; Jennie Drummond, head of art at SMC Design; Willie Trager, design manager, interior asset management at Holland America Group; and Christopher Stubbs, assistant vice president of sailor (sustomer) and crew (employee) experience at  Virgin Voyages.

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