The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ today announced that Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corp., will be the opening keynoter at CES® 2017. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, CES 2017 will run Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.
Donald will deliver his keynote at 8:30 AM Thursday, January 5 at the Palazzo Ballroom in The Venetian where he will unveil a new and innovative “Connected Experience” that uses IoT to raise the vacation bar. This first-of-its kind technology will create an entirely new guest experience level based on personalization and simplicity at scale. Nearly eleven million travelers cruise annually with Carnival Corp.’s ten global cruise line brands.
“We are thrilled to embark on this voyage with Carnival Corp. as we welcome Arnold Donald to the CES stage,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “Carnival Corp.’s visibility at CES reflects our focus on groundbreaking innovation and underscores that technology no longer has strict, defined boundaries. It disrupts traditional business sectors and empowers consumers in ways never before imagined. A recent CTA study found that consumers overwhelmingly use technology to enhance their travel experiences. Mr. Donald’s address will demonstrate how Carnival Corp. and its cruise line brands, in turn, is using innovative tech to provide a more personalized and enhanced experience for its consumers.”
Since becoming president and CEO of Carnival Corp. in July 2013, Donald has overseen the company’s latest innovation strategies centered on enhancing the guest experience and leveraging the enterprise scale. He also has directed the recent launch of three original content travel-related programs on national TV networks all while running the world’s largest cruise company with a portfolio of 10 cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. The company’s cruise line brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn in the U.S., AIDA Cruises in Germany, Costa Cruises in Italy, Cunard Line and P&O Cruises (UK) in England, and P&O Cruises (Australia) in Australia. Together, the company’s brands operate 101 ships that visit over 700 ports around the world.
Carnival Corp. will have an invitation-only Experience Center at CES Tech East, LVCC, South Hall 3 that will offer an in-depth look into its new technology. For more information and to register for CES 2017, visit CES.tech.