CLIA News

Cruise ban a devastating blow for thousands of Australian workers

10 December 2021

The extension of Australia's cruise ban has dealt another devastating blow to the 18,000 Australians whose livelihoods depend on cruise tourism, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said today. CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said Australia had become the only major cruise market in the world without an agreed plan to resume cruising, which is ordinarily worth more than $5 billion a year to the Australian economy.

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Cruise360 Australasia expands with new ticket release

29 November 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has increased the scale of its Cruise360 Australasia Conference in Sydney next year, releasing additional tickets after the easing of venue capacity restrictions in NSW. The event will now take place on a scale similar to past years, providing a chance to reunite the region's wider cruise community as it embraces the industry's international revival.

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Cruise revival passes 3 million passengers with Australasia still at anchor

8 November 2021

The number of passengers who have sailed worldwide since ocean cruise operations resumed last year has now passed 3 million people, while governments in Australia and New Zealand are still yet to agree on plans for a local revival. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said today cruising had now resumed in 52 countries worldwide and that Australasia remained one of the only major cruise regions where governments had not progressed plans for resumption.

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Webinar series to explore cruising's tech revolution

1 November 2021

The newest technological advances to reshape cruising will take centre stage later this month in the next webinar series offered by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. From new onboard experiences to the smart systems guiding guest health and safety, cruise lines will explain the many digital innovations that are helping to make life at sea more seamless and engaging.

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Rewards and benefits to support CLIA members in recovery

18 October 2021

Bonus commissions, live events and an expanded education program will be among the key benefits on offer as Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today opens its 2022 membership for Australian and New Zealand travel agents. Back for 2022 will be CLIA's Travel Agent Rewards Program, first introduced this year to provide members with bonus commissions and other rewards when making bookings with participating CLIA cruise lines.

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CLIA agents gain expert insight as Destination Showcase returns

11 October 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia is preparing a busy summer season of online education opportunities for member travel agents, beginning with the return of its successful Cruise Port Destination Virtual Showcase next month. The two-week webinar program is returning after its debut last year and will offer insight into some of the world's great ports and cruise destinations.

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Australians could soon cruise overseas but not at home

1 October 2021

Australians could soon be in the absurd position of being able to fly overseas to go cruising but still be unable to sail from their own doorstep, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today warned. CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said today's announcement on the opening of international travel was welcome news for many parts of the Australian travel industry, but a lack of government action on cruising meant the jobs of more than 18,000 Australians were still in doubt.

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CLIA welcomes Samoa Tourism Authority as Executive Partner

20 September 2021

The Samoa Tourism Authority has united with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to support its presence in Australia and New Zealand, joining the cruise industry organisation as an Executive Partner. The link brings the Samoa Tourism Authority into CLIA Australasia's wider community of cruise lines, travel agents and executive partners, all part of the world s largest cruise industry organisation.

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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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