Lydia Westbrook, Director of International & External Programs, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston
Captain Alistair Macnab, College of Business, University of Houston, The Greater Houston Port Bureau
Tom Baker, Condé Nast Traveler’s World’s, Leading Large Ship Specialist And President, Cruisecenter
For the past week, the world’s attention has been focused on Italy and the crippled cruise-liner Costa Concordia. This sad turn of events has made us look homeward toward our own growing cruise line industry. Our region has made a huge investment in the cruise industry – building ports; attracting corporate giants to our ports (such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean and now even Disney); and catering to the tourists - but with these stories coming from the coast of Italy, how will this industry be affected? What will it mean for our region? And just how safe are these floating skyscrapers?