CLIA News

End of cruise suspension signals revival for thousands of Australians

14 April 2022

Australia will begin rebuilding its multi-billion-dollar cruise industry after this weekend, as cruise lines work to bring back economic opportunities for thousands of local businesses throughout the country. With the two-year federal cruise suspension coming to an end on Sunday, cruise lines are preparing for a carefully managed resumption of operations in a sector that previously supported more than 18,000 Australian jobs.

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Lifting of cruise ban offers welcome news for thousands of Australian workers

15 March 2022

News that cruise ships will soon be able to return to Australia has provided a welcome boost for thousands of local workers whose livelihoods depend on cruising, while also bringing clarity for the many thousands of Australians who love to holiday at sea. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has welcomed confirmation that the Federal cruise ban will be lifted from 17 April, and said the industry would continue working with state and territory governments to finalise the extensive health protocols needed before cruising can resume.

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Cruise specialists to reunite as CLIA LIVE returns in 2022

28 February 2022

CLIA has announced the return of its CLIA LIVE education series, allowing travel agent members to reunite for in-person training across Australasia. New dates have been confirmed for an initial series of two-day events to be held in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, with further events in Perth and Auckland to be announced later in the year.

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Cruise industry welcomes moves towards resumption

11 February 2022

The Australian cruise industry has welcomed government commitments to engage with industry for a careful resumption of operations and has called for concrete plans to be finalised as soon as possible. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said it was hoped today's extension of the cruise ban to April 17 would be the last before international cruise ships can return to Australia.

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Cruise ban a devastating blow for thousands of Australian workers

10 December 2021

The extension of Australia's cruise ban has dealt another devastating blow to the 18,000 Australians whose livelihoods depend on cruise tourism, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said today. CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said Australia had become the only major cruise market in the world without an agreed plan to resume cruising, which is ordinarily worth more than $5 billion a year to the Australian economy.

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Cruise360 Australasia expands with new ticket release

29 November 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has increased the scale of its Cruise360 Australasia Conference in Sydney next year, releasing additional tickets after the easing of venue capacity restrictions in NSW. The event will now take place on a scale similar to past years, providing a chance to reunite the region's wider cruise community as it embraces the industry's international revival.

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Cruise revival passes 3 million passengers with Australasia still at anchor

8 November 2021

The number of passengers who have sailed worldwide since ocean cruise operations resumed last year has now passed 3 million people, while governments in Australia and New Zealand are still yet to agree on plans for a local revival. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said today cruising had now resumed in 52 countries worldwide and that Australasia remained one of the only major cruise regions where governments had not progressed plans for resumption.

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Webinar series to explore cruising's tech revolution

1 November 2021

The newest technological advances to reshape cruising will take centre stage later this month in the next webinar series offered by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. From new onboard experiences to the smart systems guiding guest health and safety, cruise lines will explain the many digital innovations that are helping to make life at sea more seamless and engaging.

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CLIA agents gain expert insight as Destination Showcase returns

11 October 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia is preparing a busy summer season of online education opportunities for member travel agents, beginning with the return of its successful Cruise Port Destination Virtual Showcase next month. The two-week webinar program is returning after its debut last year and will offer insight into some of the world's great ports and cruise destinations.

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Australians could soon cruise overseas but not at home

1 October 2021

Australians could soon be in the absurd position of being able to fly overseas to go cruising but still be unable to sail from their own doorstep, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today warned. CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said today's announcement on the opening of international travel was welcome news for many parts of the Australian travel industry, but a lack of government action on cruising meant the jobs of more than 18,000 Australians were still in doubt.

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