CLIA celebrates cruise stars

CLIA celebrates cruise stars

THE cruise industry’s biggest celebration of the year brought together more than 500 people on Sat night to reveal the winners of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia 17th Annual Cruise Industry Awards.

Top achievers from across Australia and New Zealand were honoured in 16 categories in a night of glitz and entertainment, hosted by television presenter Natalie Barr.

CLIA chair Steve Odell said the event had become a huge success since its humble beginnings with 150 guests 17 years ago.

“This has been another milestone year for the Australian and New Zealand cruise industry,” Odell said.

“We’ve witnessed double-digit growth – between Australia and New Zealand, more than 1.4 million cruisers — incredible when you think 10 years ago that figure was under 200,000, we’ve really come a long way.”

Odell is pictured, right, with CLIA Australasia md Joel Katz.

See more on page seven and in tomorrow’s Cruise Weekly.

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