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October 18, 2013 Conferences No Comments Email Email

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced the first ever international deployment of its Cruise3Sixty conference, which will take place in Sydney next February.

Cruise3Sixty Australasia 2014 will feature an array of leading cruise industry experts, providing the latest information for specialist cruise travel agents, cruise lines and other stakeholders.

CentaraTo be held at Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney on Friday February 7, 2014, the event is being staged the day prior to CLIA’s annual Cruise Industry Awards, with industry leaders including global CLIA President Christine Duffy gathering to celebrate excellence among the travel agency community.

CLIA Australasia General Manager Brett Jardine said Cruise3Sixty Australasia was set to become the leading cruise industry event in the Australasian region.

“The decision to stage Cruise3sixty Australia reflects the massive expansion of our local cruise industry as well as its enormous potential,” Mr Jardine said.

“Australian cruise passenger numbers have grown by 20 per cent a year over the past decade and for the past two years we have ranked as the world’s fastest growing cruise passenger market. We think Cruise3Sixty Australasia will provide a fantastic forum for agents and operators looking to build their cruise business further.

“Cruise3Sixty is a major annual event which has been running in the United States for the past 10 years and attracts close to 2000 delegates, so we’re looking forward to emulating its success.”

A conference program will be released in the coming weeks, with pre-registration for delegates now open.

The inaugural Cruise3Sixty Australasia will also feature an exhibition offering opportunities for attendees to connect with key partners including ocean and river cruise lines, destinations and other cruise related suppliers.

Cruise3sixty Australasia is being organised in partnership with Australia’s leading cruise industry publication, Cruise Weekly (a division of Travel Daily) and TravelTrends, the company behind the highly successful TravelTech and No Vacancy conferences.

“We are honoured to be helping to organise Australia’s first Cruise3sixty conference, and look forward to the event becoming an annual fixture in the local cruise industry calendar,” Travel Daily publisher Bruce Piper said.

A pre-release of exhibition space to CLIA member cruise lines has seen the show already a complete sell-out for exhibitors, but there are still a few opportunities for sponsorship remaining. (Contact Christie-lee.lachance@traveldaily.com.au for details.)

Martin Kelly from TravelTrends said he was overwhelmed at the huge response to the show.

“Cruise3sixty Australasia is already set to be one of our biggest ever events and we are thrilled to be running the conference and exhibition in partnership with CLIA,” he said.

Cruise3sixty Australasia will be the Australasian cruise industry’s must-attend event. Delegate registration is now available at www.cruise3sixty.com.au, with special discounted rates for CLIA member travel agents.

For more information visit www.cruising.org.au in Australia and www.cruising.org.nz in New Zealand.

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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