Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald will succeed Royal Caribbean Cruises president and chief operating officer Adam Goldstein as chair of the Cruise Lines International Association, the organization announced Monday.
Donald’s term will begin on Jan. 1. Goldstein has served as chair since January 2015.
“The cruise industry continues to grow and evolve at a record pace, making CLIA’s role more important than ever to act as a singular voice and advocate on behalf of the entire global cruise community,” said Donald, who oversees 10 Carnival cruise brands, in a release.
Donald and Goldstein head the two largest cruise companies in the world, both of which are headquartered in Miami.
As chair Goldstein worked to promote the industry’s interests around the world, increase economic benefits and advance the association’s involvement in waste water and emissions technologies. On Jan. 1, Goldstein will become chairman of the Pembroke Pines-based Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.
“Under Arnold’s leadership, CLIA will continue to offer a unified voice to help all of our members seize every possible opportunity to succeed,” Goldstein said in a release.
The popularity of cruising continues to grow. A record-breaking 24.6 million travelers are expected to take a cruise vacation by the end of 2016, according to CLIA projections.