CLIA News

CLIA Members Hit Education Landmark

17 May 2019

Travel agent members of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia have reached a new education landmark, completing a combined 100,000 online modules in under five years. The milestone has been achieved by more than 5,300 travel agents from across Australia and New Zealand since the launch of CLIA's online training modules in late 2014.

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Uniworld's Ellen Bettridge to address Cruise360

15 May 2019

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection President CEO Ellen Bettridge will visit Australia in August to join key speakers at this year's Cruise360 Australasia conference, where she will tackle the impact Generation Z travellers are having on the cruise sector and travel agent community. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today confirmed Ms Bettridge would join other speakers at the event including CLIA's Global Chair Adam Goldstein.

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New Zealand Leads the World in Cruise Growth

6 May 2019

The number of New Zealanders taking an ocean cruise broke through the 100,000 barrier for the first time in 2018, reaching a total of 112,000 passengers in a year of world-leading growth. The record result was a 14.6 per cent increase on the previous year, giving New Zealand a growth rate well ahead of the world's largest and more established cruise markets including the USA (9.4 per cent) and Europe (3.3 per cent).

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CLIA Masters Conference sets sail for Tasmania

6 May 2019

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has revealed details of its 2019 Masters Conference, with this year's participants to enjoy a week-long cruise to Tasmania on Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess. The annual Masters Conference gives CLIA travel agents who have achieved Ambassador status the chance to advance their sales and marketing skills in a conference setting, while also experiencing a CLIA cruise line member vessel first-hand.

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Growth Continues Despite Infrastructure Constraints

2 May 2019

Australia has continued its long run of cruising growth with a total of 1.35 million Australians taking an ocean cruise during 2018, a slight increase on the previous year's record. However, growth slowed to just 0.9 per cent year-on-year, according to the 2018 Ocean Source Market report for Australia released today by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), reflecting capacity constraints associated with a shortage of berthing infrastructure in Sydney.

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Auckland wharf decision secures tourism future

23 April 2019

The international cruise industry has welcomed a decision to improve berthing facilities at Auckland's Queens Wharf, which will provide much needed certainty for New Zealand's cruise sector. Approval for the construction of two temporary mooring points known as dolphins will ensure Auckland is able to cater to all types of cruise vessels and allow continued growth in cruise-related tourism, which is worth NZ$491 million a year to the national economy.

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Cruise360 showcase puts more into cruising

15 April 2019

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will present new ways for travel agents to enhance their clients' cruise holidays at its dedicated Executive Partner Product and Destination showcase, to be held in conjunction with this year's Cruise360 Australasia conference in Sydney. Bookings are now open for the August 29 event, which will allow agent members to find out more about the additional products and services that can be offered with a cruise holiday.

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CLIA explores the outback in new NT course

10 April 2019

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has teamed up with Tourism Northern Territory to introduce a new education option for travel agent members, focussed on the untamed expanses of Australia's spectacular Top End. The new Northern Territory course is the latest addition to the CLIA Learning Academy and incorporates spectacular imagery and video to help showcase some of the destination's best experiences for cruise visitors.

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Auckland set to break cruise records

27 March 2019

Auckland is nearing the end of its most successful cruise season, having welcomed dozens of international ships and millions of dollars in visitor spending over the 2018-19 peak. By the end of April, Auckland will have hosted 39 different cruise ships which will have made 110 visits since the start of the international cruise season in October.This is a 20% increase on the number of visits made during last year's record period.

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CLIA LIVE series kicks off this week

11 March 2019

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia this week launches its expanded CLIA LIVE travel agent training series, with dozens of CLIA members set to join the first event tomorrow in Perth.The two-day session is one of six scheduled around Australia and New Zealand this year and the first to be held in Western Australia.

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