CLIA News

Cruise industry calls for talks to end inaction

2 September 2021

The cruise industry has called for urgent talks with Australian governments to break the cycle of inaction over the industry's future, warning Australia is being left behind as other countries rebuild their cruising and tourism economies. Responding to today's extension of Australia's cruise suspension, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said Australia had become the only major cruise destination in the world where governments had made no progress on plans for revival, and that discussions were needed to finalise a pathway forward, initially for cruises carrying Australians-only within Australia.

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CLIA outlines four-phase pathway for cruising's revival in Australia

27 August 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has outlined a four-phase pathway for a careful resumption of cruising in Australia, designed to align with government plans to revive tourism and reopen borders as the country transitions its Covid-19 response. The cruise pathway has been developed in response to the four-phase National Plan agreed to by Australian governments, which sets out key stages of reopening and the national vaccination targets that trigger them.

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Cruise industry seeks Prime Minister's support

23 August 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeking a breakthrough in discussions over the industry's future ahead of next month's review of Australia's cruise suspension. CLIA Managing Director Joel Katz said the industry had renewed its call for cruising to be included in Australia's four-phase plan for reopening and was seeking further discussions on a framework for resumption before the current suspension ends on September 17.

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Expanded international line-up for CLIA's Virtual Cruise Forum

19 August 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced an expanded line-up for its upcoming Virtual Cruise Forum, offering insight from key international leaders and regional executives steering the cruise industry's recovery. Registrations for the event have now reached 600 people, equal to CLIA's biggest Cruise360 Australasia conference in 2019. The August 27 Virtual Cruise Forum will be held online in lieu of this year's Cruise360 event to provide an essential update for the region's cruise community.

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New Zealand's travel revival needs plans for cruising

12 August 2021

Plans for a phased reopening of New Zealand's borders will be a positive step forward for the tourism sector, but provisions for a careful resumption of local cruising should be included to help revive New Zealand jobs and businesses, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said today. Responding to the New Zealand Government's announcement on future Covid-19 measures and a phased opening of borders, CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said New Zealand would need an agreed framework to support tightly managed local cruise operations, beginning initially within a domestic or trans-Tasman bubble.

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Global leaders to join Virtual Cruise Forum

2 August 2021

Cruise industry leaders from across the globe will put a focus on the sector's revival in Australasia and Asia this month as Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) hosts a Virtual Cruise Forum. In lieu of the postponed Cruise360 Australasia Conference in Sydney, the August 27 forum will provide an essential update for the region's cruise community, offering important insight as the industry navigates a path to recovery.

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Australia and New Zealand left isolated as Canada joins cruise revival

16 July 2021

Australasia has been left isolated as the only major cruise region in the world not making progress towards revival after the Canadian Government last night announced it had brought forward the end of its cruise suspension to November 1, 2021. Canada's plans to revive cruise tourism place it alongside other destinations including the US, UK, Europe and parts of Asia where cruising has already resumed under stringent new health protocols and testing regimes.

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CLIA to bring industry forum online as outbreak prevents Cruise360

14 July 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will bring industry leaders together for an online forum next month as the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney prevents this year's planned Cruise360 Australasia conference. CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz today confirmed Cruise360 Australasia would be postponed until a more suitable time but said cruise line leaders would still unite on August 27 to discuss key issues and provide important updates for the association's travel agent community.

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CLIA campaign to seek MP meetings

12 July 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has launched the next phase of its Ready, Set, Sail campaign, aimed at seeking meetings between Australian politicians and the people most affected by the ongoing cruise suspension. CLIA is urging travel agent members, cruise suppliers and other industry stakeholders to meet personally with their local Members of Parliament, to help highlight the enormous human cost of the suspension and reinforce efforts to achieve a pathway to resumption.

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Travel agent to be honoured with special Cruise Champion award

5 July 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will make a special presentation of its Cruise Champion award at this year's Cruise360 Australasia conference, recognising the determination of Australian and New Zealand travel agents during the pandemic. The Cruise Champion award honours an outstanding individual who embodies CLIA's mission of educating, advocating and promoting the cruise industry.

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