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CLIA reveals Cruise Awards finalists

The finalists for the Cruise Lines International Association 2013 Cruise Awards have been revealed with just weeks to go until the cruise industry night of nights.

More than 400 industry members will attend the sell-out awards dinner at Sydney’s new Doltone House on Hyde Park on Saturday February 8 which will be the first time the event has been held under the CLIA banner.

The evening will see 14 awards across six categories awarded to cruise specialist agents from across Australia and New Zealand.

“All the finalists played an important part in making 2013 a prosperous year for cruising down under and these awards are a great way for the cruise industry to applaud their efforts,” CLIA Australasia general manager Brett Jardine said.

Sportscaster Hamish McLachlan will MC the event for the first time, joined by actress Melanie Vallejo of Winners & Losers game.

Emirates will be the new Platinum Sponsor of the event, with Carnival Australia and Royal Caribbean as gold sponsors. Silver sponsors will include Avalon Waterways, Tauck River Cruising, Cruise Passenger magazine and Cruise Baltic.

This year will also see the first ever official after party, sponsored by travel technology firm TravelTek.

2013 CRUISE INDUSTRY AWARDS – FINALISTS

 

Cruise Agency of the Year – Australia                                             

Bicton Travel                         Perth WA                                             

Clean Cruising                       Brisbane QLD                                         

Cruise Express                      Balmain NSW                                       

Our Vacation Centre           Helensvale QLD                                   

Ozcruising                             Philip ACT                                             

                                                                                                               

Cruise Agency of the Year – New Zealand

Cruise Republic                    Auckland

Cruiseabout                          Takapuna

House of Travel                    Hamilton

iCruise                                    Auckland

Lets Cruise                            Auckland

Manly United Travel            Manly

 

Cruise Consultant of the Year – Australia                                      

Alana Freeman-Gibbs          Ozcruising ACT

Mary Kelly                             Cruiseabout Concord NSW

Deborah Long                       Weston Cruise & Travel ACT

Lance Mumby                       Cruise Express Balmain NSW

Philip Smethurst                   Bicton Travel WA

 

Cruise Consultant of the Year – New Zealand

Evelyn Lee                             Midday Travel Auckland

Jamie McDonald                   Cruiseabout Takapuna

Lisa Roebuck                         Boutique Mondo Travel New Plymouth

Trish Ryder                            Manly United Travel

Mark Smith                            Lets Cruise Auckland

 

Rising Star – Australia                                                                                                         

Kerri Anderson                    Just Cruises, Brisbane QLD

Kristy Swyny                          Travel Edge, Redbank QLD

Bradley Yesberg                   helloworld, Albany Creek QLD

 

Rising Star – New Zealand

Claire Grogan                        Cruise Republic

Billy Gutierrez                       Cruiseabout Pukekohe

Jessica Lamb                         Cruiseabout Takapuna

 

Agency Promotion of the Year – Australia                     

Bicton Travel WA                                 “Cruise Expo”

Cruise Holidays QLD                            “Lawn Bowls Cruise of New Zealand”

Easy Travel and Cruise SA                   “Best Job in the Bridge”

 

Agency Promotion of the Year – New Zealand                             

Harvey World Travel Bayfair              “Child Cancer Foundation Promotion”            

House of Travel Upper Riccarton      “Europe River Cruise Group”

iCruise Auckland                                  “Diamond Princess – Summer Cruises”

 

Network Promotion of the Year – Australasia                              

Cruiseabout (Australia)                       “What Kind of Cruiser Are You”

Cruiseabout (New Zealand)                “Cruiseabout & Sony with TVNZ’s Breakfast Show”

Escape Travel (Australia)                    “Cruise Data Driven Campaign”

House of Travel (New Zealand)         “Explore the World of Cruising”

Mondo Travel (New Zealand)            “100 Reasons to Cruise”

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