CLIA establishes more offices in Asia

first_imgCruising in Asia has taken an important step forward with the establishment of CLIA Southeast Asia and CLIA North Asia as the regional arms of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).The establishment of these new offices represents a significant transition for the Asia Cruise Association which has spearheaded local cruising growth since it was formed in 2009.CLIA Southeast Asia will be chaired by Carnival Australia chief executive officer Ann Sherry, who brings wide experience of building the cruise category in an emerging market.CLIA North Asia will be chaired by Royal Caribbean’s managing director Asia and China Dr. Zinan Liu, and will focus on infrastructure, advocacy and the promotion of cruise to travel industry communities in the region.CLIA chief executive officer Christine Duffy, said the transition to CLIA Southeast Asia and CLIA North Asia was perfectly timed as Asia comes to the forefront of emerging regions for cruises.“Asia ranks highly on our list of emerging cruise regions as the globalization of the cruise industry continues to gather pace, CLIA member cruise lines are already deploying more ships in Asia, opening up more destinations, and customising their onboard offerings to cater to their Asian guests,” Ms Duffy said.Ann Sherry said she was honoured to be appointed chair of CLIA Southeast Asia and looked forward to working with Board colleagues and CLIA worldwide.CLIA North Asia Chair, Dr. Zinan Liu, said his focus was on the implementation of the new association in the region including engagement with key partners in the region.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img

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