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egtmedia59Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia held its annual night of nights in Sydney on Saturday, celebrating another impressive year of cruising success at the 2013 Cruise Industry Awards.

Over 400 industry members attended the sell-out awards dinner at Sydney’s Doltone House on Hyde Park.

Hands in the air - CLIA 2013 Cruise Award winners

CLIA 2013 Cruise Award winners

The first awards night to be held under the CLIA banner, the event marked a big year of achievements, with 14 winners announced across six categories including the inaugural CLIA Hall of Fame inductee.

The inaugural Hall of Fame inductee was Cruiseco chief executive Steve Lloyd, after 45 years of service to the Australasian cruise industry. He joins past winners of the Neil Frazer Award, which the new Hall of Fame award has replaced.

Lloyd, whose life has been spent in the shipping and cruise industry, is a popular choice. He lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter.

The top award of the night, the Australian Cruise Agency of the Year award, went to Western Australia’s Bicton Travel – for the third time. That impressive record was followed by the ACT’s Ozcruising picking up silver and Cruise Express Balmain winning bronze.

Lloyd’s award was announced by past Cruise Council Chairman Sarina Bratton, herself recently decorated in the Australia Day honours, for services to the cruise industry.

Bratton’s introduction to Lloyd’s award, which kept secret the identity of the recipient until the end, is worth quoting in full:

We are all familiar with the expression “Hall of Fame” being used as an honour for those who have achieved outstanding performances in a particular field of endeavour, particularly sport.  

I believe that it is more than just recognition of outstanding achievement; it is recognition of the achievement of outstanding results over a sustained period of time.  For example: An Olympian who wins gold in their sport at one Olympics may not be admitted to that sport’s Hall of Fame without further contribution to their sport. 

The recipient of our inaugural Hall of Fame is someone who exemplifies the sustained commitment and extreme effort worthy of Hall of Fame recognition.  They commenced their career at sea in the late 60s, working for a shipping line in both the UK and Australia. This love of the sea transferred to a land-based involvement in cruise itinerary planning and representation of a number of cruise companies as GSA through the 80s and 90s. 

Hall of Fame Winner Steve Lloyd with past Cruise Council Chairman Sarina Bratton

Hall of Fame Winner Steve Lloyd with past Cruise Council Chairman Sarina Bratton

Fourteen years ago he took the personal risk and the entrepreneurial step to establish with his partners Australia’s first cruise consortium. Ten years ago, he launched a joint venture with Virtuoso to specialize in Luxury Travel, particularly luxury cruising in Australia. 

Seven years ago, his company chartered a ship for 65 days to reintroduce the cruise operator to Australia. That operator is now one of the dominant players in our country. His company has chartered ships from no less than 13 cruise companies and his consortium distributes product for more than 60 cruise companies.  

A recent addition has been the building of ships. It is hard to believe that this man has managed to keep his marriage together, have a talented daughter, and reads three to four books a week. 

He refrains from any personal recognition, hates wearing a tie, has a wicked sense of humour and one of the best minds in the sector for creating compelling product. 

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together as we acknowledge the 45 year sustained contribution of Steve Lloyd to our industry.

The full list of prizewinners is: 

Cruise Agency of the Year – Australia      

GOLD: Bicton Travel                  Perth WA

SILVER: Ozcruising                   Philip ACT

BRONZE: Cruise Express          Balmain NSW

Cruise Agency of the Year – New Zealand

GOLD: Manly United Travel        Manly

SILVER: Lets Cruise                  Auckland

BRONZE: Cruiseabout               Takapuna

Cruise Consultant of the Year – Australia    

Deborah Long                           Weston Cruise & Travel ACT

Cruise Consultant of the Year – New Zealand

Evelyn Lee                                Midday Travel Auckland

Rising Star – Australia           

Kerri Anderson                          Just Cruises, Brisbane QLD

Rising Star – New Zealand

Billy Gutierrez                            Cruiseabout Pukekohe

Agency Promotion of the Year – Australia   

Easy Travel and Cruise SA         “Best Job in the Bridge”

Agency Promotion of the Year – New Zealand          

Harvey World Travel Bayfair       “Child Cancer Foundation Promotion”

Network Promotion of the Year – Australasia     

Cruiseabout (Australia)               “What Kind of Cruiser Are You”

CLIA Hall of Fame

Steve Lloyd – CEO Cruiseco

Written by Peter Needham

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