CLIA News

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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Craig Harris joins CLIA Hall of Fame

9 March 2024

New Zealand maritime industry stalwart Craig Harris has been inducted into cruising's Hall of Fame at the 21st Cruise Industry Awards for Australasia, recognising his leadership role in the industry for more than four decades. In front of more than 500 guests at a gala celebration in Sydney hosted by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) on Saturday, Mr Harris was announced as the 18th member of the Hall of Fame by Ben Angell, the Chairman of CLIA in Australasia and Vice President Managing Director of Norwegian Cruise Line APAC.

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Tourism and government unite as CLIA hosts on-board industry forum

8 March 2024

Tourism industry leaders and key government officials had a first-hand taste of this year's vibrant summer cruise season yesterday, as Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) joined with Celebrity Cruises to host Austrade's quarterly national Visitor Economy Stakeholder Forum in Sydney. More than 30 representatives from national industry bodies and government agencies boarded Celebrity Edge at Circular Quay, where they gained insight into Australia's $5.6 billion-a-year cruise industry and its role within the broader tourism sector.

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Top agents ready to take the spotlight at 21st Cruise Industry Awards

5 March 2024

More than 500 guests are set to join the Australasian cruise industry's biggest annual celebration this weekend as CLIA hosts its 21st Cruise Industry Awards in Sydney. With just days to go before Saturday's sold-out gala dinner, CLIA is putting the finishing touches to a big night of entertainment as the industry honours the top achievers of the Australasian cruise community.

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Brent Street performers return to the stage at CLIA Awards

12 February 2024

Dozens of talented young performers will again take the spotlight at next month's Cruise Industry Awards for Australasia, helping to celebrate a powerful global comeback in ocean entertainment. In a salute to the thousands of artists who perform aboard cruise ships worldwide, Sydney's Brent Street performing arts training centre will return with a series of spectacular dance productions at this year's awards night, hosted by CLIA.

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Nine new ships to debut in CLIA online showcase

9 February 2024

Nine of the most anticipated new cruise ships of 2024 will be showcased in an online education series for travel agents hosted next month by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in Australasia. The 2024 Ocean Debut Virtual Showcase will introduce the spectacular new fleet of ships due for launch this year, each offering new opportunities for cruise specialist travel agents and exciting new choices for cruise guests.

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Countdown to CLIA Awards begins with announcement of finalists

15 January 2024

CLIA has announced the finalists for its 21st Australasia Cruise Industry Awards ahead of a sold-out celebration in March. A total of 79 finalists have been chosen from across Australia and New Zealand and will be in the running to win one of cruising's highest honours.

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