Vago will be the first European to serve in the role of CLIA Global Chairman, although he previously served as Chairman of CLIA Europe in 2014.
Vago succeeds Adam Goldstein, who recently completed his second term as Global Chairman of CLIA, and will remain busy with his work and involvement in several technology startups and non-profit organizations.
“Mr. Vago is a visionary leader within the global cruise community. We will benefit tremendously from his ideas, insights, and direction as we look to overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and support the restart of the cruise industry internationally and in the United States in particular,” said CLIA president and CEO Kelly Craighead.
Vago served as CEO of Geneva-based MSC Cruises from 2003 to 2013, during which time the company experienced over 800% growth. As Executive Chairman, he continues to propel MSC’s growth, cementing its position as one of the largest providers of cruise vacations in the world.
“This is a highly critical juncture for our industry globally,” said Vago.
“With over 200 sailings that have taken place since last summer in various markets around the world, all with strict measures in place to promote public health, we have proven that a return to cruising is possible.
“I look forward to working with CLIA leadership and our partners in the industry to continue down this path and help secure a vibrant future for all who depend on it.”
Vago assumes the position of CLIA Global Chairman following an unprecedented year for the cruise industry and the entire travel sector, said CLIA in its announcement.
The Association says that its members remain focused on continuing to advance the resumption of cruising around the world as well as building upon its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.