CLIA News

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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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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