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Great Southern Rail Joins Top Cruising Ranks

July 28, 2014 Association No Comments Email Email

Great Southern Rail is delighted to announce its induction as an executive partner of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.

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Great Southern Rail is only the second rail company globally to be welcomed into the ranks of the world’s largest cruise association.

Comprising 55 of the world’s major cruise lines, CLIA is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry.

As operators of The Ghan, Indian Pacific and The Overland, Great Southern Rail has close ties to the cruise industry through the ever-growing ‘Rail & Sail’ market. The ‘Rail & Sail’ product currently represents approximately $2-3m worth of business for Great Southern Rail and is expected to double in the next 12 months.

“We are naturally excited to be invited to join an association as prestigious as CLIA and to be the only rail company in the Southern Hemisphere represented within its ranks,” Great Southern Rail spokesman Steve Kernaghan said.

“Now that both The Ghan and Indian Pacific offer all-inclusive dining and Off Train Excursions, taking a rail journey through the heart of Australia is even more akin to a cruise holiday.

“With the growth of the Australian coastal cruising market, our trains with their departure cities of Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney are ideal for pre and post cruise connections.”

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