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May 9, 2014 Association No Comments Email Email

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s executive partner ranks have grown again with Kuoni Group Travel and Cruise Abroad the latest to sign on.

Cruise Abroad is a wholesale cruise seller which represents long-time UK and Europe CLIA member Fred Olsen Cruises in Australia, while Kuoni Group Travel offers tailor-made outbound group touring itineraries for travel agents and wholesalers around the world.

Welcoming the new members, CLIA Australasia General Manager Brett Jardine said organisations from across the travel industry were realising the benefits of being a member of the cruise industry body.

“A CLIA membership is a valuable asset at this time of expansion in our region’s cruise industry and we’re thrilled to be offering our new members the support and knowledge they need to get the most out of the current climate of growth,” Mr Jardine said.

Director of Cruise Abroad Peter Marshall said the organisation signed on as a new member to maximise Fred Olsen Cruises’ reach under the global CLIA banner.

“With so many cruise choices from size to amenities and the array of itineraries available, we believe it’s vital to deal with cruise specialists who can help travellers select the right cruise for them and we know that we will get this support and expertise as a CLIA member,” Mr Marshall said.

Kuoni Group Travel Business Development Manager Carly Evans said the CLIA membership emphasised the company’s commitment to cruise-focused retail agents, wholesalers and cruise lines.

“We are currently experiencing significant growth for pre and post cruise touring and see CLIA membership as a natural fit to support this growing sector of the travel industry,” Ms Evans said.

The latest members follow last month’s announcement that Wild Earth Travel and the South Pacific Cruise Alliance had joined CLIA Australasia as executive partners.

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise association and is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry. CLIA is composed of more than 55 of the world’s major cruise lines and serves as a non-governmental consultative organisation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an agency of the United Nations.

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