Agents urged to ‘Join the Cruise Revolution’ for CLIA’s 10th anniversary celebrations

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Zayed Port - Cruise Terminal - 3The world’s newest and most innovative cruise ship will be making her UK debut to travel agents at the 2016 CLIA Cruise Conference.  Royal Caribbean International’s latest ship, Harmony of the Seas, will be joined by P&O Cruises’ Ventura as CLIA celebrates the 10th anniversary of the largest cruise travel agent event in Europe.

The renamed CLIA Conference will take place on Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th May, 2016 in Southampton. The event is designed for customer facing travel professionals and will feature business sessions, an interactive trade fair, networking opportunities and visits to both ships.

CLIA UK & Ireland Director Andy Harmer said: “The 2016 CLIA Conference will be a celebration of cruise under the theme ‘Join the Cruise Revolution’. Our first conference took place in 2007 when our membership totalled 750 agencies and 21 cruise lines – we now have an amazing 3,400 travel agency members and 51 cruise lines.  This not only demonstrates the growth of cruise but how it has diversified and is being embraced by a wider cruise community.’

He continued: ‘The Conference will take a look at the past decade showcasing the industry’s expansion and advances and, more importantly, will look ahead to what developments we can expect to see over the next 10 years.  But what hasn’t changed is that we are a community, working together to get more people to cruise.’

Travel agents also have the opportunity to take part in a special pre-conference Sales & Communications Masterclass taking place on board MSC Splendida on Tuesday 17th May. The visit will also include a tour of the ship and lunch.

Tickets go on sale for the 2016 CLIA Cruise Conference on Thursday 5th November. For further information visit