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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CW breaking news - ICCA unites with global cruise bodies

International Cruise Council Australasia to become CLIA Australasia

The International Cruise Council Australasia has this morning announced that it would join with eight other cruise industry assocaitions to form a "common organisation which will serve as the voice and advocacy leader of the global cruise industry".

The change will see ICCA become known as Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, with other groups joining the new body including CLIA in North America, the European Cruise Council, the Asia Cruise Association and the UK's Passenger Shipping Association as well as similar organisations in France, Canada and Alaska.

Existing offices will remain in place, with ICCA gm Brett Jardine continuing to lead the Australasian body and reporting to the organisation's US-based global ceo as well as the local board.

The new association aims to provide increased benefits and a "globally unified voice for cruise lines, travel agents and business partners," as well as offering a one-stop global resource for cruise line members on technical and regulatory issues.

CLIA will be governed by a Global Executive Committee, and will be headed up by Chrstine Duffy, the current president and ceo of the US CLIA.

ICCA chairman Gavin Smith said the transformation of the organisation reflected the continuing growth of the cruise industry around the world.

"This new structure will strengthen the cruise industry's voice in Australia and New Zealand and provide greater resources for the benefit of our travel agent and cruise line members," he said.

More information in today's Cruise Weekly.

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