CLIA News

Major milestone in cruise industry response to COVID-19

22 September 2020

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced a significant step forward in the cruise industry's global response to COVID-19, with the adoption of mandatory measures to support cruise operations in the Americas. The measures involve the core elements of a strong set of health protocols that will be implemented as part of a phased-in, highly controlled resumption of operations in key regions including the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.

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CLIA welcomes support for WA travel agents

18 September 2020

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) welcomes the Government of Western Australia's $3 million fund to support travel agents, which recognises the devastating impact suffered by travel agents as a result of border closures. The initial rollout of the program will provide packages of up to $5,000 to eligible home-based agents and minimum $10,000 packages to eligible bricks-and-mortar businesses.

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CLIA puts the focus on luxury with online event series

18 September 2020

Luxury cruise leaders have outlined their visions for the future and priorities for their Australian and New Zealand markets in a four-day virtual event series hosted this week by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. The CLIA Luxury Cruise Showcase attracted more than 1,300 registrations from travel agents in the latest of a series of new online initiatives introduced to help maintain industry engagement during the global pandemic and increase education opportunities for CLIA members.

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Paul Gauguin Cruises joins CLIA Australasia

14 September 2020

Tahiti-based small ship operator Paul Gauguin Cruises has partnered with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to support its presence in Australia and New Zealand, joining the industry organisation as a Regional Cruise Line, Australasia. The partnership brings Paul Gauguin Cruises into CLIA Australasia's wider community of cruise lines, travel agents and executive partners, joining its parent line PONANT which acquired the South Pacific operator last year.

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CLIA Releases 2020 Environmental Technologies and Practices Report

9 September 2020

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today released the Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Report produced by Oxford Economics. The report highlights the progress that CLIA oceangoing cruise line members continue to make towards the development and implementation of advanced technologies and practices to achieve lower emissions, greater efficiencies, and a cleaner environment onboard, at sea and in port.

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New CLIA course sets sail on the world's great rivers

2 September 2020

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has introduced its latest education course for travel agents, World River Cruising, adding to the dozens of online training opportunities available as part of CLIA membership. The newest course complements CLIA's popular existing Elective, European River Cruising, and brings the total number of training courses available in Australasia to 81.

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CLIA gears up for packed season of online events

27 August 2020

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is planning a packed season of virtual events for its travel agent members, creating online opportunities for education and training involving many of the world's top cruise brands.Running through to December, CLIA will offer a busy calendar of cruise line webinars and a series of special-focus events on topics including river cruising, luxury cruising, and ports and destinations.

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CLIA welcomes European Maritime Safety Agency guidance on resumption of cruise ship operations

27 July 2020

CLIA and its member lines welcome publication of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) guidance on resumption of cruise ship operations in the European Union. The EMSA guidance provides recommendations relating to the development of ship and port management plans, and the interaction between cruise operations and ports and terminals.

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New CLIA video series addresses cruise questions

22 June 2020

CLIA has launched a new video QA series for its travel agent members, addressing some of the most commonly asked questions about the cruise industry in Australia and New Zealand. The series, titled Ask Joel, sees CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz answering the questions being asked of the industry, in an effort to educate the community on the steps being taken by the association in response to COVID-19 and the work being done by cruise lines behind the scenes.

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Job losses could reach 13,000 if cruise suspension continues into summer peak

17 June 2020

The suspension of cruise operations is likely to cost Australia more than $1.4 billion in lost economic activity by mid-September and threaten the jobs of more than 4,800 people, according to analysis commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. Conducted by economic analysts and forecasters AEC Group, the analysis shows the shutdown has already resulted in an economic loss of almost $500 million to the end of May, which in the absence of the Australian Government s JobKeeper program would have cost almost 1,700 Australian jobs.

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