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February 10, 2014 Conferences No Comments Email Email

Scores of Australian and New Zealand travel agents will be saying Hola Mexico this year, following news that the 2014 CLIA Australasia Masters Conference will be held on a Princess Cruises’ voyage to the popular North American destination.

Details were revealed at the Cruise3Sixty event in Sydney today during a surprise appearance by Princess Cruises’ Ambassador Gavin MacLeod, who played Captain Stubing in the classic 70s TV show The Love Boat.

Princess Cruises Stuart Allison, Captain Stubing aka Gavin MacLeod, CLIA President Christine Duffy and CLIA Australasia GM Brett Jardine _photo Chris Gleisner0015Mr MacLeod told delegates the 2014 Masters Conference would be held on Crown Princess during a seven-night roundtrip cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico, marking the first time Princess Cruises has hosted the annual event.

“I thought I had the best job in cruising, but seems like I’ve got some competition from CLIA cruise agents,” Gavin remarked.

CLIA Australasia General Manager Brett Jardine said US-based sales guru and motivator Scott Koepf would be overseeing the 16th Masters, an annual CLIA Australasia event which combines intensive training sessions with a first-hand cruise experience.

The Masters cruise will depart Los Angeles on November 15 with delegates also enjoying one night’s pre-cruise accommodation onboard the legendary liner Queen Mary, now a floating hotel at Long Beach.

Masters participants will attend a series of sessions to help them sharpen their sales and marketing techniques. Between seminars they will be able to explore Mexico with visits to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada.

After completing the course and a comprehensive post-conference assignment, agents will enter the prestigious Cruise Masters’ ranks.

The annual Masters event is open to all agents currently holding CLIA accreditation and employed by a CLIA member travel agent.

Participation fees for the 2014 event will start from AUD$1595 per person twin share and AUD$2495 for singles including the seven-night cruise in a guaranteed balcony cabin as well as one night’s pre-cruise accommodation on the Queen Mary on November 14.  For more details visit www.cruising.org.au

Formerly the International Cruise Council Australasia, CLIA Australasia is one of 11 regional cruise associations which joined together in December 2012 to form a common global cruise organisation under the CLIA banner.  

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