The big achievers of the Australasian cruising world have been named at this year’s annual Cruise Industry Awards.
Held by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, the gala dinner and awards night attracted more than 500 guests to Sydney’s Star Event Centre on Saturday night and helped mark another year for the cruise sector.
A total of 20 honours were presented in an evening hosted by actor and singer Tim Campbell, including awards for travel agencies and individuals from across both countries.
CLIA Australasia managing director Joel Katz said this year’s awards had been among the most successful of the event’s 18-year history.
“We had a record number of submissions this year, which made for a heightened level of competition,” he said.
“It proves that travel agents are more engaged than ever and more dedicated to developing their cruise business, which makes them a key driver of the ongoing growth in the cruise industry.”
Top winners on the night included Australia’s Cruise Consultant of the Year, Gail Chapman of Dreamlines Australia; and New Zealand’s Cruise Consultant of the Year, Kiri Martin of YOU Travel Orewa.
Phil Hoffman Travel was named Australia’s Large Cruise Agency of the Year, while Helloworld Milford & Browns Bay was chosen as New Zealand’s Large Cruise Agency of the Year.
Australia’s Small Cruise Agency of the Year was itravel Carlingford, while New Zealand’s Small Cruise Agency of the Year was tied between House of Travel Kapiti Coast and Helloworld Rotorua.
A highlight honour was the induction of Crystal Cruises managing director and senior vice president of Australia and New Zealand Karen Christensen (pictured below) into the CLIA Hall of Fame, recognising her more than 30 years in the Australasian cruise industry and long association with CLIA.
Below is the full list of winners:
Agency Promotion of the Year, New Zealand
Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel
Agency Promotion of the Year, Australia
Network Promotion of the Year, Australasia
Helloworld New Zealand
#ChooseCruise Promotion of the Year, Australasia
Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel
Media Award, Australasia
Rising Star, New Zealand
Shelley Williams, Clevedon Travel
Rising Star, Australia
Peter Fotinis, Clean Cruising
Broker of the Year, New Zealand
Denise Fowler, The Travel Brokers
Home Based/Mobile Agent of the Year, Australia
Nicole Edgar, TravelManagers Australia
Cruise Champion, Australasia
Tim Faircloth, I Love Cruising
Cruise Consultant of the Year, New Zealand
Kiri Martin, YOU Travel Orewa
Cruise Consultant of the Year, Australia
Gail Chapman, Dreamlines Australia
Online Cruise Agency of the Year, New Zealand
Online Cruise Agency of the Year, Australia
Small Cruise Agency of the Year, New Zealand
House of Travel Kapiti Coast and Helloworld Rotorua (tie)
Small Cruise Agency of the Year, Australia
Large Cruise Agency of the Year, New Zealand
Helloworld Milford & Browns Bay
Large Cruise Agency of the Year, Australia
Phil Hoffmann Travel
CLIA Hall of Fame