Clia urges agents to ‘join cruise revolution’ at 10th conference

Clia urges agents to ‘join cruise revolution’ at 10th conference

Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s latest ship, will make its UK debut to travel agents at the renamed 2016 Clia Cruise Conference, now in its tenth year. 

Guests at the event, which will take place May 18-20, 2016, in Southampton, will also have the chance to see P&O Cruises’ Ventura, it was announced today.

The conference, the largest cruise travel agent event in Europe, 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.

“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 17 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 5 November. For more information visit


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