CLIA News

CLIA launches Ready, Set, Sail campaign

12 May 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has stepped up its fight for a resumption of cruising in Australia, issuing a call for travel industry supporters to join its Ready, Set, Sail campaign. Launched today, the initiative will target travel agents, industry stakeholders and other members of Australia s extensive cruise community, urging them to raise their voice and place new pressure on state and federal parliamentarians.

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Cruise industry needs a clear path forward

12 May 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has renewed its call for the Australian Government to agree on a clear pathway to revival for the more than 18,000 Australians whose jobs rely upon cruise tourism. Responding to the Federal Budget, CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said the Government's estimate that international tourism would not resume until mid-2022 was devastating for the entire Australian tourism industry.

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CLIA's Masters Program returns for the online era

21 April 2021

CLIA Australasia has relaunched its elite Masters Program in a new online format, allowing travel agent members to advance their sales and marketing skills to the highest level. Previously offered at sea in an annual on-board conference format, the Masters Program has been redesigned for 2021 to provide a six-week online course that will be offered twice a year.

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Farmers hit as Australia's cruise losses pass $5 billion

31 March 2021

Australian farmers and food suppliers are among thousands of local businesses hit by the ongoing suspension of cruise operations, with losses to the Australian economy now surpassing $5 billion over the past year. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has highlighted the devastating impact the suspension is having on local producers who supply cruise ships, releasing a new video as part of its #WeAreCruise series.

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CLIA LIVE returns as cruising looks to new era

22 March 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has brought back its CLIA LIVE education series for 2021, giving travel agent members a chance to hear what guests can expect as the cruise industry sets course for the post-pandemic era. The series begins this week with a sold-out event in Brisbane on Tuesday Wednesday, before heading to other major cities across Australia and New Zealand through the year.

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Travel Support Package a Step Forward but Broader Focus on Tourism Needed

12 March 2021

The Federal Government's travel stimulus measures are a step forward, but Australia's cruise industry is calling for a broader focus on the tourism economy including tangible progress on the restart of cruising to act as an impetus for hard hit businesses and regional destinations that rely on the sector. Cruise Lines International Association Australasia (CLIA) Managing Director Joel Katz said the Government should approve a pathway to the careful resumption of domestic cruising to assist the many farmers, food producers, winemakers, tour operators, transport companies, port workers and other service providers who supply the cruise industry but would see no benefit from the existing travel support package.

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Path to cruise resumption needed as losses approach $5 billion

3 March 2021

Australia's cruise industry will continue to advocate strongly for a phased and controlled return to domestic cruising following the Federal Government's decision to continue its year-long biosecurity ban. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said $5 billion had been lost to the Australian economy over the past 12 months since the industry stopped operations in March last year.

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Chefs highlight impact of cruise shutdown on Australian food suppliers

2 February 2021

Culinary experts have highlighted the impact of the cruise suspension on Australian meat producers, some of the many local businesses suffering multi-billion-dollar losses while cruise ships remain at anchor. Meat and Livestock Australia Corporate Chef Sam Burke and P+O Cruises Australia Corporate Executive Chef Uwe Stiefel are the latest subjects of the #WeAreCruise video series produced by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, which tells the stories of Australians affected by the suspension of cruise operations.

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New CLIA training outlines global health measures

29 January 2021

Travel agents will gain a vital understanding of the cruise industry's new global health measures in a new training course to be launched today by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. Cruise Dynamics, CLIA's re-certification elective for 2021, will this year provide detailed insight into the cruise industry's response to COVID-19 and the extensive new health protocols that will support cruising's future.

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Pierfrancesco Vago of MSC Cruises Named Global Chairman of CLIA

22 January 2021

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, has been appointed to a two-year term as Global Chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Mr. Vago will assume the Global Chairmanship effective immediately. "On behalf of the entire CLIA community, including both our staff and our members, I would like to welcome Mr. Vago and congratulate him on his appointment as CLIA Global Chairman," said CLIA president and CEO Kelly Craighead.

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