ACA & CLIA join forces ahead of Australian Tourism Exchange

ACA & CLIA join forces ahead of Australian Tourism Exchange
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Australian Cruise Association (ACA) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will return to Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) this month to promote the diverse range of cruising products in Australia to the international travel market.

    ATE is a pivotal opportunity to position Australia’s thriving cruise industry on the global stage and will this year be held in Melbourne, attracting over 2,000 global delegates.

    Jill Abel, CEO of Australian Cruise Association, shared that the Australian cruise sector continues to flourish with the growing maturity of the market.

    “Australia boasts an incredible cruise offering to all visitors, including a diverse range of brands operating in this market with a great variety of short mini breaks, seven-to-10-day adventures and long circumnavigation cruises,” Australian Cruise Association CEO Jill Abel said.

    “We can’t wait to highlight the vast number of cruise products available in Australia, both onshore and off, including ways to combine cruise with the likes of rail travel and central Australia.

    “At ATE last year we discovered that many of the international buyers had limited knowledge of the cruise products here in Australia. Attending for our second year, we’re excited to build on the momentum and meet additional buyers to share our industry knowledge.”

    Joel Katz, CLIA Managing Director Australasia, said ATE24 would give both associations the opportunity to meet with key tourism wholesalers and retailers from around the world to discuss the important developments taking place in Australia.

    “With cruise representing such a significant source market for inbound visitation to Australia, ATE provides an unparalleled platform for engaging with key tourism wholesalers and retailers worldwide,” he said.

    “It is an important opportunity for the cruise industry to showcase the significant advancements and opportunities emerging in Australia.

    “Our presence at ATE24 allows us to convey to global markets that Australia is a premier cruise destination, offering unique and diverse experiences for international travellers.”

    Both organisations recently returned from Seatrade Cruise Global in Florida, where they shared key updates on the important destination developments taking place around Australia including port infrastructure upgrades and new land-based touring activities.

    Abel shared her excitement for the upcoming 2024-25 season, which is forecast to be the biggest season ever in Australia.

    “Cruise lines are increasingly confident in Australia as a destination, knowing that our ports and shore excursion offerings will create an unbeatable experience for guests,” she said.

    “This coming season we’ll see new-build ships arriving, additional maiden visits, and further offerings for accessible travellers.”

    (Featured image: Jill Abel (ACA) and Joel Katz (CLIA) look forward to hosting attendees at their co-branded booth (#292) in-between a full schedule of appointments.)

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