Cruise Lines International Association Announces New Online Certificate Program

May 18, 2017

Bringing specialized certificate programs online, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that travel agents can now expand their business with the new Meetings & Events at Sea Certificate Program. The program, designed in partnership with Meetings Professional International (MPI), will allow travel professionals the chance to become an expert in booking events on a cruise ship.

The certificate program explores the advantages of hosting groups and events on cruise ships as opposed to traditional venues. From the comfort of their computers, agents will gain insight into incentive trips, and examine logistics and variables to consider when hosting an event at sea. The program will also explore the types of meetings or events that should be conducted onboard, in addition to teaching agents about the valuable cost comparisons. 

“At CLIA, we are always looking for ways to make our training more accessible for our travel agents across North America,” said Stephani McDow, director, membership & professional development. “We’ve already had great success delivering this certificate program at our live training events and we are excited to be able to offer agents the opportunity to take this course online, and at their own pace.”

This is the first certificate program to be offered as an online course for CLIA Travel Agent Members, and has been previously offered as a live-training. CLIA members receive a $100 member savings on the online version, which is available at $199 for non-members and $99 for members.  CLIA Certificate programs supplement CLIA’s existing Certification Programs to help travel professionals expand their knowledge of travel and cruise specific topics to grow their clientele and sales.

For more information about CLIA Certificate and Certification Programs, please visit https://www.cruising.org/ careerseascape.

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

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel 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. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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