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Cruise industry shines at awards

first_imgTravel agents from Australia and New Zealand joined the cruise industry at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday night to recognise the top achievers for 2012.Hosted by television personality Deborah Hutton, the night marked the final awards night for the International Cruise Council Australasia before they officially change their name to CLIA Australasia.Speaking at the event, CLIA president and CEO Christine Duffy and ICCA chairman Gavin Smith highlighted the importance of travel agents in the rapid growth of the cruise industry in this region.“The local cruise industry continues to go from strength to strength and there is no question that the hard work of travel agents in Australia and New Zealand plays a large part in that growth,” Mr Smith said.Ms Duffy went on to praise the work of the ICCA and assured agents that the change to a global organisation made up of regional offices will further enhance the training and development currently offered in addition to assisting the industry in a more holistic way. Among the winners were Phil Hoffman Travel Glenelg who took out the Australian Cruise Agency of the Year category for the second time running with Phil Hoffman sending special thanks to his team who work “unbelievable hours” to achieve such success in promoting cruising.“To the ICCA and all the suppliers, a big thank you for what you do for this industry and for the training of our staff – that’s what makes it so great to be part of it,” Mr Hoffman said.APT director Geoff McGeary was awarded the Neil Frazer Award for an Outstanding Contribution by an Individual and thanked his supporters and staff over the past 50 years.Click here to view entire photo gallery.Cruise Agency of the Year – AustraliaGOLD: Phil Hoffmann Travel: Glenelg SASILVER: Our Vacation Centre: Gaven QLDBRONZE: Cruiseabout: Turramurra NSWCruise Consultant of the Year – AustraliaRobert Watson: Cruiseabout, Turramurra NSWRising Star – AustraliaEmma Blacklow: RACT Travelworld Collins St, Hobart TASAgency Promotion of the Year – AustraliaTravelrite International, Balwyn VIC “Film Festival at Sea”Network Promotion of the Year – Australasia        Mondo Travel (New Zealand) “Let’s talk cruising with Jackie”Neil Frazer AwardGeoff McGeary, APTCruise Agency of the Year – New ZealandGOLD: Cruiseabout: ParnellSILVER: Cruise Republic: AucklandBRONZE: Lets Cruise: AucklandCruise Consultant of the Year – New Zealand    Sarah Goldfinch: Cruise Republic, AucklandRising Star – New ZealandAndrew Lennox: Cruiseabout, WellingtonAgency Promotion of the Year – New Zealand        iCruise “September iCruise Month”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A. CLIA president and CEO Christine Duffy and ICCA chairman Gavin Smithlast_img read more