CLIA News

Chefs highlight impact of cruise shutdown on Australian food suppliers

2 February 2021

Culinary experts have highlighted the impact of the cruise suspension on Australian meat producers, some of the many local businesses suffering multi-billion-dollar losses while cruise ships remain at anchor. Meat and Livestock Australia Corporate Chef Sam Burke and P+O Cruises Australia Corporate Executive Chef Uwe Stiefel are the latest subjects of the #WeAreCruise video series produced by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, which tells the stories of Australians affected by the suspension of cruise operations.

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New CLIA training outlines global health measures

29 January 2021

Travel agents will gain a vital understanding of the cruise industry's new global health measures in a new training course to be launched today by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. Cruise Dynamics, CLIA's re-certification elective for 2021, will this year provide detailed insight into the cruise industry's response to COVID-19 and the extensive new health protocols that will support cruising's future.

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Pierfrancesco Vago of MSC Cruises Named Global Chairman of CLIA

22 January 2021

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, has been appointed to a two-year term as Global Chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Mr. Vago will assume the Global Chairmanship effective immediately. "On behalf of the entire CLIA community, including both our staff and our members, I would like to welcome Mr. Vago and congratulate him on his appointment as CLIA Global Chairman," said CLIA president and CEO Kelly Craighead.

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Cruise industry to work towards revival in 2021

8 December 2020

The Australian cruise industry will continue to advocate for a phased and carefully controlled resumption of operations in 2021 with extensive new health measures in place. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz today welcomed the Australian Government's statement that it is working with the industry and state and territory agencies to develop a framework for the staged resumption of cruise ships in local waters.

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Illawarra business shows shutdown impact on local economy

1 December 2020

Prominent Illawarra employer Kollaras Co has joined businesses voicing their support for a carefully planned revival of domestic cruise operations, as ongoing suspensions continue to wipe billions of dollars from the Australian economy. John Kollaras, Managing Director of the Albion Park-based beverage wholesaler, has had to cut staff and rationalise operations since cruise ships stopped sailing in March.

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Australia's losses reach billions while cruise industry remains at anchor

30 November 2020

The Australian economy and communities around the country have lost almost $2 billion while cruise operations are suspended because of the global pandemic, with new figures highlighting the massive economic impact and jobs at risk while ships are forced to remain at anchor. CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz said the industry's latest annual Economic Impact Assessment highlighted the pandemic s impact on the $5.2 billion annual economic contribution and 18,000 jobs that the cruise industry supports in Australia in usual times.

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Health measures open a pathway for cruise resumption

29 November 2020

Extensive new health measures developed with the help of international medical experts are laying the foundation for a carefully controlled resumption of local cruise ship operations in Australia. These measures - developed as part of a process to create mandatory worldwide policies for all Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) oceangoing cruise ships - have been outlined to Australian government agencies in detail as the cruise industry responds to COVID-19 and plans a pathway towards revival.

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New Zealand shutdown impact highlighted in video series

12 November 2020

A Christchurch tour operator is among New Zealand businesses voicing their support for a carefully planned revival of domestic cruise operations, as ongoing suspensions continue to impact regional economies. Mark Gilbert, owner of Hassle-free Tours, was forced to let go nearly 60 staff members due to the suspensions.

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CLIA to showcase world's great cruise ports and destinations

27 October 2020

Cruise Lines International Association (CLA) Australasia will offer insight into some of the world's great ports and cruise destinations in its latest online education initiative for members. The first Cruise Port Destination Virtual Showcase, to be held between December 1 10, will offer presentations from 13 CLIA Executive Partners and provide practical insight to help cruise clients get the most from their visit.

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Video campaign highlights shutdown impact on Australia's remote communities

26 October 2020

An Indigenous tour operator from the Kimberley is among Australian businesses voicing their support for a carefully planned revival of cruise operations in a new video series launched by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Broome-based Wijingarra Tours is among thousands of Australian businesses impacted by the suspension of cruising, having been forced to cancel its 2020 tour season due to a lack of cruise visitors.

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