2016 Cruise awards

Travel Bulletin - - CRUISE REPORT -

Over 500 guests from across the cruise in­dus­try at­tended the night of nights in Fe­bru­ary to cel­e­brate the win­ners of the 15th An­nual Cruise In­dus­try Awards. Within a lav­ish set­ting at Syd­ney’s Star Event Cen­tre, 19 awards were con­ferred across nine cat­e­gories. Big win­ners on the night in­cluded WA based Bic­ton Travel who won Gold Agency of the Year, hav­ing now scooped this award a to­tal of five times. Cruise Con­sul­tant of the Year was won by ecruis­ing. travel’s Kara Lane, whilst the Ris­ing Star Award went to Emma Dunn of Ozcruis­ing. In other awards, Net­work Pro­mo­tion of the Year Aus­trala­sia went to Phil Hoff­man Travel which cre­ated and de­liv­ered upon an am­bi­tious Cruise Expo in South Aus­tralia ex­ceed­ing pro­jected at­ten­dance fig­ures, cus­tomer book­ings and rev­enue targets. It was a big night also for the MTA Mo­bile Travel Agent group with three of their con­sul­tants nom­i­nated for Home Based / Mo­bile Agent of the Year and Tracey Flower tak­ing out the award. CLIA Aus­trala­sia Chair­man Gavin Smith said the 2015 awards din­ner had been the best yet, with fi­nal­ists and win­ners be­ing recog­nised from right around Aus­tralia and New

Zealand. “Ev­ery year cruising in the Aus­tralasian re­gion con­tin­ues to evolve and it’s due to the tire­less ef­forts of many in the in­dus­try. These awards are all about cel­e­brat­ing and ap­plaud­ing the hard work, pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion of some of the most im­por­tant play­ers in the cruise in­dus­try – the travel agents who sell our cruises,” Smith said. The evening was also marked by the tra­di­tional in­duc­tion into the Hall of Fame with Glen Moroney, founder and chair­man of Scenic hon­oured for his pi­o­neer­ing work in river cruise. Guests were en­ter­tained by award win­ning artist Tina Arena with Chan­nel 7’s ‘AFL Game Day’ host Hamish Mclach­lan re­turn­ing as mas­ter of cer­e­monies.

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