Record spending highlights importance of cruising to New Zealand economy

16 August 2019

Record levels of cruise ship expenditure revealed today by Stats NZ have highlighted the enormous opportunity cruise tourism presents for the New Zealand economy, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). The latest Cruise Ship Traveller Expenditure report from Stats NZ shows total cruise expenditure in New Zealand was NZ$569.8 million in the year to June 30, 2019, an increase of 28 per cent on the previous year.

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Cruise Industry Welcomes Eden Expansion

13 August 2019

The international cruise industry has welcomed a $44 million investment in the Port of Eden on the NSW South Coast, which will help bring further growth in one of Australia's most successful regional cruise destinations. The extension of the port's wharf has been completed in time for the 2019-20 cruise season and will allow larger ships of up to 325m in length to visit Eden without having to bring passengers ashore by tender boats.

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Cruise industry and City of Dubrovnik partner for destination stewardship

25 July 2019

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the City of Dubrovnik have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of Dubrovnik through responsible tourism management and to help establish Dubrovnik as a model of sustainable tourism in the Adriatic region and beyond.The MOU signed by CLIA President CEO Kelly Craighead and City of Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic focuses on investment, collaboration and best practices for long-term destination management to the benefit residents and visitors alike.

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A lifetime of adventure cruising: Cruise360 to take insight from expedition leader

1 July 2019

Expedition cruise specialist Aaron Russ spent his childhood travelling on small ships to the Subantarctic Islands, giving him a lifetime of experience to be shared at this year's Cruise360 Australasia conference in August. The General Manager of CLIA Executive Partner Wild Earth Travel, Mr Russ has led more than 100 small ship expeditions to some of the world's most fascinating destinations and will offer his insight as part of a panel discussion on the current revolution in shore excursions.

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CLIA boosts agent support with new appointments

26 June 2019

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has boosted its Australasian team with two new appointments to support its travel agent membership and corporate partners. Together they will increase CLIA's capacity to serve and train the travel trade community, helping agents to get the most from the exclusive benefits of their CLIA membership.

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Last days: Cruise360 earlybirds set to expire

19 June 2019

Early booking prices for the cruise industry's key annual forum Cruise360 Australasia are still available, but there are only a few days left to take advantage of CLIA's exclusive member offer. The current earlybird rate will expire on June 30, leaving just over a week to secure the best price and lock-in tickets before the end of the financial year.

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Dunedin's Wonders Join International Campaign

10 June 2019

Dunedin eco-tourism operator Perry Reid has been chosen to front an international social media campaign that will showcase the Otago Peninsula's unique landscape and wildlife to the world. The campaign, called #WeAreCruise, celebrates people around the world who help create community benefits from cruise tourism, and is an initiative of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in partnership with Seatrade Cruise Global.

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Cruise360 Joins a Revolution on Shore

29 May 2019

The cruise industry's key annual forum Cruise360 Australasia will embrace the worldwide revolution underway in shore excursions, with Holland America Group operations chief Robert Morgenstern confirmed to join international speakers at the August event. Mr Morgenstern will participate in a panel discussion on the topic of Reimagining Shorex - the increasing demand for authentic and engaging experiences.

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Virgin Voyages to Make Cruise360 Debut

22 May 2019

Cruising newcomer Virgin Voyages will make its first appearance at Cruise360 Australasia in August, as President CEO Tom McAlpin explains how the line has prepared for an "epic sea change" in the cruise industry. Mr McAlpin has been confirmed as the latest international speaker to join this year's Cruise360, the industry's key annual forum hosted by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

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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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