No Groups Believed to Be Aboard Tragic Costa Cruise

 According to a spokesperson for Costa Cruises, the company has "no information about any groups" that might have been aboard the Costa Concordia, the 3,200-passenger ship that capsized off the coast of Tuscany, Italy, on Friday (at press time, there were 11 confirmed deaths and 24 persons missing). In gauging industry reaction to the tragedy, M&C spoke with cruise meeting and incentive specialists Landry & Kling; according to company president Jo Kling, response from planners has been "reasoned." She said the company had calls over the weekend from three planners who had contracts for cruise charters on their desks who wanted to know what to say if their bosses questioned the safety of cruising, while another client signed a contract for a cruise meeting (none of the business was for Costa vessels). "But no one is calling looking to cancel," she added. M&C also contacted the Cruise Lines International Association; at press time, the organization had not responded, but a statement on CLIA's website says, "Accidents such as this one are an extremely rare occurrence in the cruise industry, and cruising continues to be one of safest means of travel among all types of vacationing. CLIA and all its member cruise lines join with Costa and Carnival in extending our most sincere condolences to all those affected by this terrible tragedy."