CLIA News

Cruise360 Australasia SOLD OUT

9 July 2024

Tickets to Cruise360 Australasia 2024 have now sold out, with more than 800 travel agents and cruise industry representatives ready to attend the biggest cruise conference ever held in the Southern Hemisphere. Hosted by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the August 30 conference will take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, where a packed program of international and regional speakers will provide essential insight for cruise specialist travel agents.

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CLIA congratulates Wunambal Gaambera Traditional Owners

1 July 2024

CLIA has congratulated the Wunambal Gaambera Traditional Owners as they become the godparents of the new expedition cruise ship Seabourn Pursuit, marking a historic first in the cruise industry. The Wunambal Gaambera of Western Australia s Kimberley region became the first Traditional Owners to act as godparents of a major cruise vessel at a ceremony on the weekend, highlighting a focus on preserving the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the destinations cruise ships explore.

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Peter Little elected Chairman of CLIA in Australasia

5 June 2024

CLIA has announced the election of Carnival Senior Vice President and Country Manager Peter Little as its new Chairman in Australasia. Mr Little takes over from Norwegian Cruise Line APAC Vice President and Managing Director Ben Angell, who has concluded his two-year term as the head of CLIA's Australasian board.

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Industry leaders pay tribute to cruise pioneer Sarina Bratton

5 June 2024

Cruise industry leaders have paid tribute to pioneering Australian businesswoman Sarina Bratton AM as she steps down from the board of CLIA in Australasia after almost three decades of service. Mrs Bratton is a past Chairman of CLIA in Australasia and founder of its precursor, the International Cruise Council of Australasia, which she helped establish in 1996. She is a recipient of CLIA's Hall of Fame award and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant services to tourism, particularly the cruise industry, and to business.

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CLIA and ACA unite for Australian Tourism Exchange

16 May 2024

Australia's leading cruise industry associations - Cruise Lines International (CLIA) and the Australian Cruise Association (ACA) - will return to the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) this month to promote the diverse range of cruising products in Australia to the international travel market.

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New Zealand cruise market on track for recovery

26 April 2024

The number of New Zealanders taking cruise holidays has risen to more than 80% of pre-pandemic levels, according to new data released today by CLIA. The figures show 86,300 New Zealanders took an ocean cruise during 2023, the first full year of cruise operations within the local region. The result is down on the 106,300 New Zealanders who sailed in 2019, but in line with the cruise recovery seen in other parts of the world.

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Australian cruise passenger numbers recover

16 April 2024

The number of Australians taking holidays at sea has overtaken pre-pandemic levels, according to new data released today by CLIA. Figures for 2023 show the number of Australians who took an ocean cruise during the calendar year reached 1.25 million, slightly above the 1.24 million who sailed in 2019.

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Tickets now available for CLIA's first River Cruise Showcase

8 April 2024

CLIA has released tickets for its new River Cruise Showcase on August 29, providing a packed afternoon of training for travel agents attending Cruise360 Australasia in Sydney. To be held as a half-day seminar on the day before Cruise360, the River Cruise Showcase will provide an essential overview of the river cruise segment and is aimed at both newcomers to river cruising as well as seasoned sellers.

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CLIA LIVE kicks off Australasian tour in Brisbane

21 March 2024

Brisbane this week hosted the first CLIA LIVE event for 2024, kicking off a booked-out season of training across Australia and New Zealand. From now until mid-May, about 400 CLIA members will hear about the latest and most innovative new developments in cruising, presented at two-day events in six major cities.

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CLIA Awards celebrate thriving cruise industry in Australia and New Zealand

9 March 2024

The star achievers of the Australasian cruise community have been named at the 21st annual Cruise Industry Awards in Sydney, where more than 500 people gathered to celebrate the renewed success of the international cruise industry. Held by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) at Sydney's Star Event Centre on Saturday March 9, the gala dinner and presentation night was hosted by entertainer Tim Campbell and involved 18 awards for travel agencies and individuals.

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