Cruise meetings are finally being recognized in the meetings industry, and all of us at Landry & Kling were honored that our President, Jo Kling, was asked to represent the cruise industry at the  first annual North America Meetings Industry Day (NAMID) in Fort Lauderdale.  Landry & Kling was given a “seat at the table” since we’re located in South Florida, the cruise capital of the world, and cruise meetings have been our specialty for over 30 years.

As the only cruise representative, Jo discussed the growing popularity of meetings at sea. Jo pointed out that as more planners discover that cruise ships are exciting and cost-effective venues for meetings and incentives, cruise lines are creating more upscale experiences, adding group-friendly venues, and drastically improving Wi-Fi connectivity.

Pictured with Jo (right) is Jonathan Howe, Esq., keynote speaker at the NAMID event. Mr. Howe serves as general counsel for MPI. He is also a long-time friend to Landry & Kling, and our trusted adviser on tax-deductibility issues.

And speaking of tax-deductible meetings…

Did you know that meetings held on US-flagged ships can be fully deductible? New “Made in America” vessels are cruising our historic rivers, including American Eagle, the second American Cruise Lines paddlewheeler based in New Orleans.

Here’s what we love about this new ship: 78 of the 84 staterooms have balconies, and although the Victorian-style paddlewheeler has design elements reminiscent of an earlier time, planners will find a surprising assortment of modern amenities, including multiple lounges that can be used for meetings and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Read more about tax-deductible cruises here.

Want to learn more about business meetings at sea?

Give us a call at  305-661-1880 or request a group or charter quote.