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Tina Arena helps celebrate cruise winners at annual CLIA awards

More than 500 industry members from across Australia and New Zealand joined Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia in celebrating a massive year of cruising at the 15th Annual Cruise Industry Awards at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Saturday.

The sell-out gala featured a show-stopping performance by one of Australia’s leading performers, Tina Arena, on a night which saw a total of 19 winners announced across nine categories.

Leading the pack was Western Australia’s Bicton Travel which won the Gold Agency of the Year award for the fifth time.

In accepting the agency’s fifth top gong in six years, Bicton founder Carole Smethurst thanked the agency’s cruise line partners for their “fantastic support” as well as her team of 24 staff.

“It’s an absolute honour to win this, but to win it five times is absolutely incredible,” Smethurst said.

Travelrite International took out the Silver Award with King William Travel winning Bronze.

Clean Cruising received the Online Agency of the Year award, while MTA’s Tracey Flower was recognised as Australia’s Mobile Agent of the Year.

Meanwhile Scenic founder Glen Moroney was welcomed into the CLIA Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in the rapidly growing river cruise sector. Accepting the award on Moroney’s behalf, Scenic general manager of product Aleisha Fittler said Moroney was known for his innovation.

“He is constantly driven to create the next big thing,” Fittler said.

CLIA Australasia chairman Gavin Smith said the 2015 awards dinner had been the best yet, with finalists and winners being recognised from right around Australia and New Zealand.

“Every year cruising in the Australasian region continues to evolve and it’s due to the tireless efforts of many in the industry. These awards are all about celebrating and applauding the hard work, passion and dedication of some of the most important players in the cruise industry – the travel agents who sell our cruises,” Smith said.

The annual cruising night of nights was hosted again by Channel 7 sportscaster and host of AFL Game Day Hamish McLachlan.

And the winners are:

Cruise Agency of the Year – Australia

Gold: Bicton Travel, Perth WA

Silver: King William Travel SA

Bronze: Travelrite International VIC

 

Cruise Agency of the Year – New Zealand

Gold: House of Travel Orewa

Silver: United Travel Bethlehem

Bronze: Bon Voyage Cruises

 

 

Online Agency of the Year – Australia

Clean Cruising

 

Online Agency of the Year – New Zealand

Cruise Republic

 

Home Based/Mobile Agent of the Year – Australia

Tracey Flower, MTA – Mobile Travel Agent

Broker of the Year – New Zealand

Denise Fowler, The Travel Brokers

 

Cruise Consultant of the Year – Australia

Kara Lane, Ecruising

 

Cruise Consultant of the Year – New Zealand

Kylie Gutierrez, Cruiseabout Pukekohe

 

 

Rising Star Award – Australia

Emma Dunn, Ozcruising

 

 

Rising Star Award – New Zealand

Rosie Scates, Cruiseabout Takapuna

 

Agency Promotion of the Year – Australia

My Travel Expert Nowra, “Girls Day Out – 2015”

 

Agency Promotion of the Year – New Zealand

House of Travel “Grabacruise”, “Art Deco Weekend”

Network Promotion of the Year – Australasia

Phil Hoffmann Travel, “Cruise Expo”

 

Commended: Cruise Republic “CLIA Cruise Week Sale”

 

CLIA Hall of Fame

Scenic Founder, Glen Moroney

 

Media Award

Sue Wallace, “Vikings Were Here” – The Australian

 

Check out these images of the night below:

Australian CLIA 2015 Cruise Award Winners
Australian CLIA 2015 Cruise Award Winners
Australian Gold Cruise Agency of the Year Award winners Bicton Travel (l to r) Michael Middleton, Alan Smethurst, Carol Smethurst, Nicole Costantin (NCL), Matt Clements, Barry Downs
Australian Gold Cruise Agency of the Year Award winners Bicton Travel (l to r) Michael Middleton, Alan Smethurst, Carol Smethurst, Nicole Costantin (NCL), Matt Clements, Barry Downs
Inplace Recruitment's Sandra Chiles (l) and Australian Rising Star Award winner Emma Dunn
Inplace Recruitment’s Sandra Chiles (l) and Australian Rising Star Award winner Emma Dunn
Aleisha Fittler from Scenic accepts the Hall of Fame Award on behalf of Glen Moroney, with CLIA Australasia Chairman Gavin Smith
Aleisha Fittler from Scenic accepts the Hall of Fame Award on behalf of Glen Moroney, with CLIA Australasia Chairman Gavin Smith

 

 

 



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