Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and The Marine Hotel Association (MHA) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore a collaboration between the two organizations.
The collaboration would bring MHA into CLIA and offer one cohesive membership to cruise lines and suppliers within the cruise industry, utilizing MHA’s experience and resources within the marine hotel segment and in furthering CLIA’s objective to unify the industry.
“MHA has proven themselves to be a key player within the cruise industry and I look forward to building this new relationship to offer greater value to our joint members,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “As both organization’s mission, has evolved over the years, coming together to work as one is a natural fit.”
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.
About The Marine Hotel Association (MHA)
Founded in 1985, The Marine Hotel Association is a not-for-profit international professional organization representing the cruise line industry and its supporting supplier community. It is the only trade association of its kind that is fully targeted at the marine hotel operations segment of the cruise industry.
Dedicated to a “by and for the industry” philosophy, the Marine Hotel Association’s continuing effort is to promote good communication at all levels, with particular emphasis on healthy dialogue and competition, which in turn produces an ongoing improvement of the cruising experience.
In further support of this objective, the Marine Hotel Association has made a commitment to professional development and growth by providing annual scholarships to the employees of its member cruise lines. This expanded educational mission has become the focus of MHA and is our investment in the future of the cruise industry and the future of its employees. its scholarship program is funded by the rechanneling of revenue received through its annual conference and trade show.
MHA currently has 350 member companies as part of its supporting marine hotel community.