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Sunday, 24 February 2019

Cruise industry CLIA award winners #TheCLIAs




The big achievers of the Australasian cruising world have been named at this year’s annual Cruise Industry Awards, the biggest night of the year for the Australian and New Zealand cruise community.

Held by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, the gala dinner and awards night attracted more than 500 guests to Sydney’s Star Event Centre on Saturday and helped mark another successful year in the thriving cruise sector. A total of 20 honours were presented in an evening hosted by actor and singer Tim Campbell, including awards for travel agencies and individuals from across both countries.

CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz said this year’s awards had been among the most successful of the event’s 18-year history.

“We had a record number of submissions this year which made for a heightened level of competition,” Mr Katz said. “It proves that travel agents are more engaged than ever and more dedicated to developing their cruise business, which makes them a key driver of the ongoing growth in the cruise industry.”

Top winners on the night included Australia’s Cruise Consultant of the Year, Gail Chapman of Dreamlines Australia, and New Zealand’s Cruise Consultant of the Year, Kiri Martin of YOU Travel Orewa.

Phil Hoffman Travel was named Australia’s Large Cruise Agency of the Year, while helloworld Milford & Browns Bay was chosen as New Zealand’s Large Cruise Agency of the Year. Australia’s Small Cruise Agency of the Year was itravel Carlingford, while New Zealand’s Small Cruise Agency of the Year was tied between House of Travel Kapiti Coast and helloworld Rotorua.

A highlight honour was the induction of Crystal Cruises Managing Director & Senior Vice President Australia & New Zealand Karen Christensen into the CLIA Hall of Fame, recognising her for more than 30 years in the Australasian cruise industry and her long association with CLIA.


CLIA 18th annual Cruise Industry Awards


WINNERS

Agency Promotion of the Year, New Zealand

Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel


Agency Promotion of the Year, Australia

My Cruises


Network Promotion of the Year, Australasia

helloworld New Zealand


#ChooseCruise Promotion of the Year, Australasia

Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel


Media Award, Australasia

Andrew Conway


Rising Star, New Zealand

Shelley Williams, Clevedon Travel


Rising Star, Australia

Peter Fotinis, Clean Cruising


Broker of the Year, New Zealand

Denise Fowler, The Travel Brokers


Home Based / Mobile Agent of the Year, Australia

Nicole Edgar, TravelManagers Australia


Cruise Champion, Australasia

Tim Faircloth, I Love Cruising


Cruise Consultant of the Year, New Zealand

Kiri Martin, YOU Travel Orewa


Cruise Consultant of the Year, Australia

Gail Chapman, Dreamlines Australia


Online Cruise Agency of the Year,

New Zealand

HOOT Cruises


Online Cruise Agency of the Year, Australia

Clean Cruising


Small Cruise Agency of the Year,

New Zealand

House of Travel Kapiti Coast

helloworld Rotorua (tie)


Small Cruise Agency of the Year, Australia

itravel Carlingford


Large Cruise Agency of the Year,

New Zealand

helloworld Milford & Browns Bay


Large Cruise Agency of the Year, Australia

Phil Hoffmann Travel


CLIA Hall of Fame

Karen Christensen.

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