CLIA News

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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Australia's plan needs to include cruising

2 July 2021

An agreement on future travel requirements for Australians will be a positive step forward for the tourism sector, but a framework must include provisions for domestic cruising in order to save thousands of Australian jobs and businesses, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said today. Responding to today's National Cabinet announcement on future Covid-19 measures and a phased easing of travel restrictions, CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said governments needed to include carefully managed domestic cruise operations within the early stages of their plans.

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Ready, Set, Sail campaign reaches 40,000 mark

15 June 2021

Australian politicians have been sent an overwhelming message of support for a resumption of cruising, with 40,000 emails sent to state and federal MPs as part of the Ready, Set, Sail campaign launched last month by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Over the past month the initiative has targeted travel agents, industry stakeholders and other members of Australia's extensive cruise community, urging them to help advocate for cruising's revival.

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Cruise industry calls for end to inaction and a clear plan for the future

10 June 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has expressed concern at the lack of progress on a cruise resumption in Australia and today called on the Federal Government to take real steps towards establishing a plan for future cruise operations. CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said the extension of Australia's cruise suspension today was not unexpected, but warned the government's lack of a plan for the future was causing lasting damage to the economy and putting 18,000 Australian jobs in doubt.

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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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