CLIA cel­e­brates achievers amid cruis­ing boom

Travel Bulletin - - ISUES & TRENDS -

Last month’s Cruise In­dus­try Awards co­in­cided with one of the most pros­per­ous sea­sons in Aus­tralian cruise his­tory, giv­ing Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion (CLIA) Aus­trala­sia and its mem­bers much to cel­e­brate. The awards were an­nounced at a gala din­ner for 500 peo­ple at The Star in Syd­ney, where CLIA Chair­man Steve Odell high­lighted the growth in cruis­ing since the first awards were held in 2005. “Thir­teen years ago we were on the cusp of a new growth tra­jec­tory,” Odell said. “We knew num­bers were go­ing to in­crease, but I don’t think we had any idea just how much cruise would grow in this time,” he said. Bic­ton Travel in WA took top hon­ours for the sixth time, win­ning the Aus­tralian Cruise Agency of the Year Gold award ahead of sil­ver win­ner Phil Hoff­mann Travel of SA and bronze re­cip­i­ent Cruiseabout Kew in Vic. It be­came a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion for Bic­ton as owner Ca­role Smethurst was in­ducted to the CLIA Hall of Fame, recog­nis­ing her con­tri­bu­tion over two decades. Odell also paid trib­ute to Ann Sherry and Gavin Smith who stepped down from the CLIA board last year, and to Brett Jar­dine who de­parts this month af­ter 10 years head­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Hall of Fame win­ner Ca­role Smethurst of Bic­ton Travel and CLIA’S Steve Odell Crusie Con­sul­tant of the Year He­len Mc­mullen, Cruise Hol­i­days QLD re­ceives her award from NCL’S Ni­cole Costantin Aust Agency of the Year win­ners - Bic­ton Travel’s Phil...

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