First published in AMS business magazine.

The Miami-based Carnival Corporation, the world’s leading cruise company, is going to invest US$78 million in a new training facility and hotel on its campus in the city of Almere. The centrepiece will be the expanded Center for Simulator Maritime Training (CSMART), a state-of-the-art maritime training facility that originally opened in 2009, already the largest of its kind in the world, which Carnival Corporation uses for maritime training, research and professional development. Carnival Corporation says that Almere’s proximity to Schiphol Airport and its business-friendly climate were important factors behind their choice of location. The expanded facility is due to open by the summer of 2016.