The world’s biggest cruise conference is returning to Australia for the sixth time in 2019.
The conference and trade show will take place in Sydney on Friday 30 August 2019 at the Hyatt Regency.
Cruise360 delegates will also have exclusive complimentary access to an optional Ship Inspection of Sea Princess and additional pre-conference seminar sessions (CLIA Executive Partner Product & Destination Showcase) on Thursday August 29 2019.
Note: Numbers for the ship inspection and pre-conference seminars are limited so book early to avoid missing out.
“There is a cruise movement underway, and it’s making the future very exciting!”
This quote from one of the delegates at CLIA’s sold-out 2018 Cruise360.
Our biggest professional development event of the year, Cruise360 features professional development, a ship inspection, a trade show, networking opportunities and the latest industry trends.
As the largest and only official conference of the cruise industry, Cruise360 brings together travel professionals, cruise line representatives, ports & destinations, industry suppliers and CLIA preferred partners for a truly panoramic view of the cruise industry.
Cruise360 will also have exclusive access to take advantage of an optional Ship Inspection of Carnival Spirit and additional pre-conference seminar sessions (CLIA Executive Partner Product & Destination Showcase) on Thursday August 30 2019.
Travel Agents: From new agents to seasoned professionals, Cruise360 welcomes all front line consultants
Cruise Industry Professionals: All cruise industry stakeholders that focus on travel agents as part of your distribution
Owners / Managers: Strategically place your business at the forefront of trends and developments
CRUISE 360 2018 RECAP
The sold-out fifth annual Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia Cruise360 conference and trade show on 30 August 2018 attracted a total of 580 cruise industry players, including a record 75 Kiwi delegates.
CLIA Australasia managing director Joel Katz opened the 2018 conference by highlighting the potential of the industry. “Last year…almost 6% of Australians took a cruise, that means there are nearly 94% of Australians who haven’t taken a cruise yet, which really gives us the confidence that there is a lot of opportunity for further growth,” Katz said.
“Our industry is incredibly innovative and responsive to changing demands.”
“That means we are not only meeting the demands of existing customers, but also attracting new customers to this amazing industry because cruise, as a category, really has something for everyone.”
But cruise growth is not without its challenges, with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings managing director Asia Pacific Steve Odell explaining the industry is at a crossroads. “What the government decides to do now is crucial for the future,” he told attendees during a panel discussion. Odell noted that Queensland and New Zealand governments had been quicker to act than NSW on infrastructure issues.
“Sydney is the core of the issue because particularly if you want to go international tourism, people want to come to Sydney at least at the beginning or the end [of a cruise],” he said.
The conference highlighted the potential of the industry, with 94% of Australians not yet having experienced a cruise.
Andy Stuart, NCL CEO and President, discussed how our industry is incredibly innovative and responsive to changing demands. As an industry we are not only meeting the demands of existing customers, but also attracting new customers through innovation, backed by distribution partners keen to stay ahead of disrupters.
Pictured are: NCL president ceo Andy Stuart
With sustainability a key conference theme, Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA’s global President pointed out that while preserving the physical environment was important, the concept of sustainability cast a wider net. We also have a responsibility to the destinations we visit - If they are not a good place for the residents then they are not a good place for our guests.
Pictured are: RCL vp and md Susan Bonner wiith Cruise360 host Ross Greenwood
Pictured: CLIA Cruise360 Trade Show
Pictured are: CLIA Australasia md Joel Katz, CLIA Global president & ceo Cindy D’Aoust, & NCLH md Asia Pacific Steve Odell