Cruise Lines International Association Announces Australasia Managing Director Transition

Aug 19, 2016

Today, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Joel Katz will join CLIA Australasia as Managing Director, effective January 1, 2017. Katz will oversee strategic direction and government relations for the organization, as the region continues to see unprecedented growth.

Katz joins CLIA with more than 25 years of international experience in the travel industry. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Grand Circle Cruise Line and supported the expansion of Grand Circle’s ocean ship business, and driving excellence through the ocean cruise organization. Prior to his role with Grand Circle, Katz worked in Australia as Chief Operating Officer for Orion Expedition Cruises, and for both Hyatt and Marriott hotel companies.

“Joel’s strong industry and operational experience make him an ideal fit for this position and I look forward to seeing CLIA Australasia thrive under his leadership,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA.

Neil Linwood, who has been with CLIA since 2014, will be transitioning out of his role as managing director, CLIA Australasia effective September 9, 2016.

“On behalf of CLIA Australasia, I thank Neil for his exceptional work in laying strong foundations for the growth of cruising in this region,” said Steve Odell, chairman, CLIA Australasia. “Australasia’s cruise sector is particularly robust with annual cruise passenger numbers increasing more than six-fold over the past decade to now exceed one million. We look forward to welcoming and working beside Joel to continue the drive forward.”

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. As the largest cruise industry trade association with 15 offices globally, CLIA has representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA's mission is to support policies and practices that foster a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually, as well as to promote the value, desirability and affordability of the cruise vacation experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services, committed to the sustained success of the cruise industry. For more information, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

Press Contacts

Travel Industry & Marketing

Sarah Kennedy – Manager, Public Relations & Marketing
Tel: 703-628-7389 

Industry Policies/Regulatory & Legislative Issues

Catharine Montgomery – Director of Public Affairs
Tel: 202-759-6758