CLIA News

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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CLIA welcomes Samoa Tourism Authority as Executive Partner

20 September 2021

The Samoa Tourism Authority has united with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to support its presence in Australia and New Zealand, joining the cruise industry organisation as an Executive Partner. The link brings the Samoa Tourism Authority into CLIA Australasia's wider community of cruise lines, travel agents and executive partners, all part of the world s largest cruise industry organisation.

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Cruise industry calls for talks to end inaction

2 September 2021

The cruise industry has called for urgent talks with Australian governments to break the cycle of inaction over the industry's future, warning Australia is being left behind as other countries rebuild their cruising and tourism economies. Responding to today's extension of Australia's cruise suspension, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said Australia had become the only major cruise destination in the world where governments had made no progress on plans for revival, and that discussions were needed to finalise a pathway forward, initially for cruises carrying Australians-only within Australia.

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CLIA outlines four-phase pathway for cruising's revival in Australia

27 August 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has outlined a four-phase pathway for a careful resumption of cruising in Australia, designed to align with government plans to revive tourism and reopen borders as the country transitions its Covid-19 response. The cruise pathway has been developed in response to the four-phase National Plan agreed to by Australian governments, which sets out key stages of reopening and the national vaccination targets that trigger them.

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Cruise industry seeks Prime Minister's support

23 August 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeking a breakthrough in discussions over the industry's future ahead of next month's review of Australia's cruise suspension. CLIA Managing Director Joel Katz said the industry had renewed its call for cruising to be included in Australia's four-phase plan for reopening and was seeking further discussions on a framework for resumption before the current suspension ends on September 17.

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New Zealand's travel revival needs plans for cruising

12 August 2021

Plans for a phased reopening of New Zealand's borders will be a positive step forward for the tourism sector, but provisions for a careful resumption of local cruising should be included to help revive New Zealand jobs and businesses, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said today. Responding to the New Zealand Government's announcement on future Covid-19 measures and a phased opening of borders, CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said New Zealand would need an agreed framework to support tightly managed local cruise operations, beginning initially within a domestic or trans-Tasman bubble.

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CLIA campaign to seek MP meetings

12 July 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has launched the next phase of its Ready, Set, Sail campaign, aimed at seeking meetings between Australian politicians and the people most affected by the ongoing cruise suspension. CLIA is urging travel agent members, cruise suppliers and other industry stakeholders to meet personally with their local Members of Parliament, to help highlight the enormous human cost of the suspension and reinforce efforts to achieve a pathway to resumption.

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