The CLIA Australasia Team

The CLIA Australasia Team


Joel Katz, Managing Director Australasia - 

Joel joined CLIA in January 2017 bringing with him more than 25 years of international experience in the travel industry. He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Grand Circle Cruise Line. Prior to that he worked in Australia as Chief Operating Officer for Orion Expedition Cruises and Lindblad Expeditions Australia. He has worked with both the Hyatt and Marriott hotel companies. Joel started his career in the cruise industry working both onboard and then shore-side for Orient Lines.


Peter Kollar, Head of International Training & Development –

Peter’s cruise career spans 20 years. He has held several positions on board ship, including an extended period as Shore Excursion Manager for Crystal Cruises. After returning to Australia, Peter worked as a cruise travel agent, store manager and cruise product manager, before joining CLIA in January 2012. Peter is responsible for developing CLIA’s travel agents’ training program including the Learning Academy which has rolled out in Australasia, UK, Europe, Southeast Asia and India. Peter also oversees CLIA’s accreditation program. He has been instrumental in the development of cruise training courses now available in the VET sector. He also represents the cruise industry on the NSW TAFE Travel & Tourism Advisory Panel. Contact Peter for Learning Academy enquiries.


Marita Nosic, Events & Membership Manager-Australasia –

Marita started with CLIA in February 2017, joining us with over 20 years’ experience in the cruise industry. As Membership and Events Manager for CLIA Australasia, Marita’s key focus is to engage with our Travel Agent, Cruise Line and Executive Partners members and to deliver an annual program of regional member activities and events. Contact Marita for advice on how to maximise the benefits of your membership and to learn about the networking and learning opportunities available to CLIA members


Vera Huntink, Marketing Manager-Australasia –

Vera joined CLIA in September 2016 as our regional Marketing Manager. Vera has been working in the travel industry for over 15 years in various of marketing roles. She has held key positions at Visit Holland, Trafalgar & Uniworld and other tourism organisations such as PNG Tourism Australia, Abu Dhabi Tourism Australia and the Kokoda Track Foundation. At CLIA, Vera develops and manages the marketing & PR activities including social media and online initiatives. Contact Vera for marketing and social media support or enquiries. 


Patriece Murphy, Executive Assistant & Office Administrator - 

Patriece joined CLIA Australasia as Executive Assistant & Office Administrator in May 2017. Her role includes supporting the Managing Director and the team with everything and anything that may arise on a day-to-day basis.

Patriece previously worked for MG Media as Office Administrator and brings a strong background in travel and cruises to the role. Other past positions include front desk responsibilities at Saville 2 Bond Street, providing support for the opening of Fraser Suites Sydney and working as an Executive Assistant to the Brand Manager at Hamilton Island. 


Filia Tjakradinata, Accountant - 

Filia joined CLIA in June 2016 as our Accountant. She has worked in a variety of different industries and is fairly new to the travel industry, but learning fast. Filia looks after monthly financial reporting, debtor collection, budget and forecast. Please contact Filia for any financial enquiries.  

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