CLIA News

New CLIA membership package offers big event benefits

8 July 2022

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released a mid-year membership package that opens the door to the cruise industry's biggest upcoming events including Cruise360 Australasia in Sydney next month. Travel agents can now take advantage of a $340 package that combines a half-year CLIA membership with a ticket to Cruise360 Australasia on August 25, along with access to other education opportunities like CLIA's Cruise Port and Destination Virtual Showcase from July 19 to 26.

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CLIA agents gain expert insight as Destination Showcase returns

23 June 2022

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced the return of its popular Cruise Port and Destination Virtual Showcase, giving travel agent members a chance to gain practical insight into top cruise destinations around the world. The week-long webinar program will run from July 19 to 26 and will offer presentations from 12 CLIA Executive Partners, each providing essential information to ensure cruise clients get the most from their visits.

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Brisbane offers world-class facilities as it joins global cruise revival

2 June 2022

Queensland has joined the global cruise revival with today's visit by P+O Australia's Pacific Explorer, the first cruise ship to berth at the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said the ship's arrival signalled the start of a revival in an industry previously worth around $1 billion a year to the Queensland economy.

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Cruise industry celebrates first sailing from Sydney

31 May 2022

Australia's cruise industry has set a course for recovery, celebrating the first passenger sailing from Sydney Harbour after two years of suspension. P+O Australia's Pacific Explorer departs this evening on a four-night round-trip to Brisbane, the first international vessel to carry passengers from the east coast since the start of the pandemic.

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Ben Angell elected Chairman of CLIA Australasia

24 May 2022

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced the election of Ben Angell as its new Chairman following the association's annual general meeting in Sydney today. Mr Angell is Vice President and Managing Director of Norwegian Cruise Line APAC and takes over from outgoing Chairman Gavin Smith, the Vice President and Managing Director Australia for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, who concludes his two-year term.

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Cruise revival provides welcome boost for New Zealand tourism

11 May 2022

News that cruise ships will soon be able to return to New Zealand has provided a welcome boost for tourism operators in communities around the country, while also bringing clarity for the many thousands of Kiwis who love to holiday at sea. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has welcomed confirmation that New Zealand's maritime border will reopen after July 31 ahead of the upcoming cruise season beginning in October.

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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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