Countdown to CLIA Awards begins with announcement of finalists

CLIA AustralasiaCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced the finalists for the 20th Cruise Industry Awards ahead of a sold-out celebration in March.

A total of 73 finalists have been chosen from across Australia and New Zealand and will be in the running to win one of cruising’s highest honours when the industry comes together for its biggest party in more than three years.

Over 400 entries were received for this year’s awards with 18 categories to be judged, including 11 open to self-nomination or peer-nomination.

Key categories include Agency of the Year, Cruise Consultant of the Year, Home-Based Cruise Agent/Broker of the Year, Rising Star, Cruise Champion, Promotion of the Year and a Media Award.

CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz said this year’s awards would recognise the determination and resilience shown by the travel agent community across Australia and New Zealand.

“The past few years have given us challenges like never before, and yet the nominations for this year’s CLIA Awards show an incredible amount of passion and strength among our members,” Mr Katz said. “Each of the finalists chosen for this year’s awards is a brilliant example of the tenacity and dedication that has kept our community united and put cruising back on a course to prosperity.”

Hosted by entertainer Tim Campbell, CLIA’s 20th Cruise Industry Awards will be held at Luna Park Sydney on Saturday March 11.

For the full list of finalists visit 20th CLIA Cruise Industry Awards.