• April 02, 2014

    NEW TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS AT CLIA’S 10th ANNIVERSARY CRUISE3SIXTY SET THE STAGE FOR NEXT DECADE OF TRAVEL AGENT SUCCESS

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will launch 10 new travel agent training seminars plus offer more than 50 product, destination and professional development workshops during the 10th anniversary cruise3sixty conference and trade show. The 10 new one-hour classes will be the centerpiece of a total of 16 training education courses. For the first time, agents attending cruise3sixty will be able to earn a total of 150 CLIA certification credits toward their CLIA Accredited Cruise Counsellor (ACC) or Master Cruise Counsellor (MCC) designations. The conference begins Wednesday, April 2, 2014 and continues through Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In addition to professional development, cruise3sixty will offer a two-day trade show with more than 300 exhibiting companies, numerous networking events, 24 ships available for inspection, and the highly-anticipated CLIA Hall of Fame Dinner & Awards Gala.
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  • March 31, 2014

    CLIA UNVEILS IMPRESSIVE LINEUP OF GENERAL SESSIONS AND SPEAKERS FOR CRUISE3SIXTY’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has assembled some of the travel industry’s top experts and speakers to be part of the 10th anniversary cruise3sixty conference and trade show, which is set to take place April 2-6, 2014 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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  • March 25, 2014

    QUICK LIKE A BUNNY: CLIA CRUISE LINES OFFER LAST-MINUTE AVAILABILITY ON SPRING BREAK DEPARTURES

    The Easter Bunny, parades, special Easter menus and egg decorating are just part of the festivities and family fun aboard select cruise ships exploring the world this April.
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  • March 11, 2014

    CLIA PRESIDENT AND CEO CHRISTINE DUFFY HIGHLIGHTS DYNAMIC GROWTH OF GLOBAL CRUISE INDUSTRY AT CRUISE SHIPPING MIAMI

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) President and CEO Christine Duffy today showcased the continued growth and bright future of the cruise industry during her keynote address which opened Cruise Shipping Miami, the premier annual event of the global cruise industry. Duffy also announced the establishment of CLIA’s 14th cruise association - CLIA Italy - which will further enable the global association to speak more powerfully and act more effectively as one industry with one voice in key markets around the world.
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  • March 11, 2014

    CLIA EXPANDS RESOURCES WITH NATIONAL ORGANIZATION IN ITALY

    CLIA’s President & CEO, Christine Duffy, today announced the establishment of CLIA Italy during her opening remarks in the State of the Industry session at the 30th Anniversary of Cruise Shipping Miami, the premier annual event of the worldwide cruise industry.
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  • March 10, 2014

    CLIA ANNOUNCES 2014 10th ANNUAL CRUISE INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced today the inductees into the 2014 CLIA Hall of Fame. Howard Frank, Former Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer, Carnival Corporation & plc, current Chairman of the Board, Costa Crociere S.p.A, a unit of Carnival and Chairman, CLIA Board of Directors, the “Outstanding Cruise Industry Executive”; Uf Tukel and Don Walker, Co-Presidents and Founders of WMPH Vacations are “Outstanding Cruise Retailers”; and Brad and Jeff Tolkin, Co-Chairmen and CEOs of World Travel Holdings, are “Cruise Sales Innovators.” The 2014 inductees will be honored at a gala event on April 5, 2014 during the 10th anniversary cruise3sixty conference and trade show, taking place April 2-6, 2014 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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  • March 05, 2014

    CLIA PRESIDENT AND CEO CHRISTINE DUFFY DISCUSSES GROWTH OF EUROPEAN CRUISE MARKET AT 2014 ITB BERLIN CONFERENCE

    Berlin - Today Christine Duffy, President and CEO of the cruise industry’s global trade association – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – delivered remarks at one of the world’s largest travel and tourism conventions, the annual ITB conference in Berlin, Germany.
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  • March 03, 2014

    BRIAN O’CONNOR NAMED CHAIRMAN OF CLIA TRADE RELATIONS & SALES COMMITTEE

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that Brian O’Connor, Vice President, Sales (North America) for Princess Cruises and Cunard Line, will take the role of Chairman of the CLIA Trade Relations & Sales Committee effective immediately. He succeeds Camille Olivere, Senior Vice President Sales, Americas for Norwegian Cruise Line, who completed her service leading the committee at the end of 2013.
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  • February 20, 2014

    FOUR TOP CRUISE EXECS HIGHLIGHT DAY ONE OF CRUISE3SIXTY

    Four of the cruise industry’s most influential leaders will offer their expert insight to an audience of CLIA member agents during a panel on the first day of cruise3sixty 2014, the only official cruise conference of the cruise industry. The 10th Anniversary of the successful conference and trade show will take place April 2-6, 2014 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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  • February 18, 2014

    CLIA PRESIDENT & CEO CHRISTINE DUFFY KEYNOTES CLIA AUSTRALASIA’S INAUGURAL CRUISE3SIXTY EVENT

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Following the successful cruise3sixty conference and trade show operated by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) North America for the last 10 years, the first ever cruise3sixty Australasia took place on Feb. 7, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. CLIA President & CEO Christine Duffy delivered the opening remarks, applauding Australia’s incredible 500 percent growth in cruise passenger numbers since 2002 and reinforcing CLIA’s promise worldwide to the travel agent community.
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  • February 12, 2014

    CLIA LAUNCHES NEW FORMAT FOR CRUISEXCELLENCE 2.0 REGIONAL TRAINING Thursday

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) launches its revamped cruisExcellence 2.0 regional training this month, kicking off an action-packed one-day Saturday program that will be available in 11 cities through October. The newly-designed cruisExcellence 2.0 features a fast paced one-day format offering travel agents new content in one-hour seminars and includes the popular and exclusive to CLIA virtual ship inspections, plus new training segments presented by featured suppliers and vendors in the various cities. An Alaska Expert destination specialist course will be the first specialty training program and will be available during cruisExcellence 2.0 in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2014 and in Houston, Texas on March 8, 2014.
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  • February 06, 2014

    CLIA ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF GLOBAL PORTS COMMITTEE AND NAMES BO LARSEN DIRECTOR OF PORT ENGAGEMENT AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today announced the establishment of a Global Ports Committee as well as new regional committees in the Americas, Australasia and Asia in addition to the regional committee already operating in Europe. CLIA is now focusing more on engaging directly with port communities around the world both on operational and strategic issues. Port partners will now have increased opportunities to engage with CLIA member lines through this newly established Committee structure
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  • January 30, 2014

    CLIA NAMES DWAIN WALL SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF AGENCY AND TRADE RELATIONS

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced today the appointment of travel industry veteran Dwain Wall as Senior Vice President of Agency and Trade Relations. Effective immediately, Wall will begin leveraging his 30-plus years of experience in the travel industry and extensive relationships with the world’s leading travel organizations. This newly created position puts Wall at the helm of member and trade relations for the North American travel agencies that comprise CLIA, the largest travel agent association in the world.
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  • January 17, 2014

    CLIA PROMOTES VALUE OF MEETINGS THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN “MEETINGS MEAN BUSINESS” CAMPAIGN

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), alongside many leaders from the travel and event industry, today announced its support for and active participation in the “Meetings Mean Business” campaign. This campaign will create an information and advocacy platform to showcase the positive impacts of the meeting and event industry on businesses, destinations, local economies and the development of human capital. CLIA is a member of the campaign’s coalition along with other businesses, professional associations and destination marketing organizations.
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  • January 16, 2014

    THE STATE OF THE CRUISE INDUSTRY IN 2014: GLOBAL GROWTH IN PASSENGER NUMBERS AND PRODUCT OFFERINGS

    As the cruise line industry continues to strengthen its global presence and with the economy in an ongoing recovery mode, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and its cruise line members are looking forward to a positive year of growth with a 2014 passenger forecast of 21.7 million worldwide guests on CLIA’s 63 member lines, according to data released today in the association’s annual State of the Cruise Industry findings. To meet demand, these member lines will introduce 24 new ships in 2014-2015 adding a total passenger capacity of 37,546, representing a capital investment of approximately $8 billion in ocean going and river cruise categories.
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  • January 13, 2014

    CLIA STATEMENT ON GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE (GAO) REPORT ON CRUISE INDUSTRY

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Christine Duffy on the recently-released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on implementation of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010 and cruise industry safety practices:
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  • January 06, 2014

    CATHERINE HEEG TO LAUNCH NEW SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING PROGRAM AT CLIA’S CRUISE3SIXTY

    Catherine Heeg, a tourism, travel and hospitality industry expert with over three decades of experience, will demystify social media as well as present best practices for success during the 10th annual cruise3sixty conference and trade show. The only official North American travel agent cruise conference from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the event will take place April 2-6, 2014 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Heeg’s two one-hour workshops are included in the 10 new courses that are part of a completely redesigned CLIA educational curriculum, which has been completely retooled, based on travel agent feedback, to be more contemporary in content and format, including shorter and more online course availability.
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  • December 17, 2013

    STATEMENT BY CLIA PRESIDENT AND CEO CHRISTINE DUFFY ON SENATE CONFIRMATION OF JEH JOHNSON AS SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Christine Duffy on the Senate confirmation of Jeh Johnson as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security:
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  • December 12, 2013

    CLIA AND CRUISE INDUSTRY A MAJOR PRESENCE FOR FIRST TIME AT SITE GLOBAL CONFERENCE

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) partnered with the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE) to educate and promote cruising during the network of meeting and event professionals’ annual Global Conference which took place in Orlando this week.  Eleven CLIA Cruise Line Members came together to sponsor the SITE Global Conference with opportunities for attendees to expand their knowledge on the variety of cruise ship options, from luxury to contemporary, and to review the benefits for both the corporate and the meeting planner of selecting a cruise ship.  This was the first year the cruise industry has had a major presence at the conference, including CLIA Vice President, Business Development Didier Scaillet as a keynote speaker during a CLIA breakfast.
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  • December 05, 2013

    CRUISE INDUSTRY HOSTS INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY EVENT IN FLORIDA TO MARK YEAR LONG COMMITMENT TO SERVICE

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the first-ever expansion of its cruise3sixty conference outside of North America will take place in Sydney on February 7, 2014. The launch of cruise3sixty Australasia underscores CLIA’s commitment to travel agents worldwide and its reach as an advocate and marketing presence for the global cruise industry.
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