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October 31, 2013 Appointments No Comments Email Email

Gavin Smith, Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, has been re-elected as Chairman of CLIA Australasia for a fourth consecutive term following the cruise association’s Annual General Meeting, held in Sydney yesterday.

Other returning members of the Executive Committee included Ann Sherry, CEO Carnival Australia, for a second term; Andrew Millmore, Managing Director Travel the World (GSA for Compagnie du Ponant) for a seventh term; and former Chairman of two years Karen Christensen, General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing Australasia Silversea Cruises.

Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith

Managing Director of MSC Cruises Australia Lynne Clarke has joined the committee for her first term.

Meanwhile former Orion Expedition Cruises Founder, Sarina Bratton, was also invited to contribute to CLIA Australasia as a non-voting Emeritus Executive Committee Member.

Mr Smith thanked the outgoing Executive Committee members for their contribution during the association’s transition from ICCA to CLIA.

“We took a giant step forward in 2013 but we still have a lot more to do in 2014, including staging the first ever Cruise3Sixty outside the USA, in Sydney in February. As always, I look forward to the support of our new and returning Executive Committee members during what is shaping up to be another big year for CLIA Australasia,” Mr Smith said.

CLIA Australasia General Manager Brett Jardine said a new constitution, formally recognising CLIA Australasia and the relationship with CLIA offices around the world, was passed unanimously by the 29 member cruise lines during an Extraordinary General Meeting yesterday.

“It has been a very busy year as we transition into a global cruise association with a number of exciting objectives in front of us. I welcome the 2014 Executive Committee onboard and have confidence they will steer CLIA Australasia in the right direction during this important time,” Mr Jardine said.

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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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