Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has revealed the names of some of the best cruise travel agents in Australia who have made it as finalists in the 2013 Cruise Industry Awards.
Announced today, cruise specialist agents across Australia and New Zealand have made the short list for 14 awards across six categories. The awards recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Australasian cruise industry.
The finalists were selected by a panel of judges including freelance journalist David Carroll, Seatrade’s Helen Hutcheon and InPlace Recruitment’s Sandra Chiles.
“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.
Winners will be announced at a sold-out awards dinner at Doltone House on Hyde Park on February 8, 2014.
The MCs for the evening will be Channel 7 sportscaster Hamish McLachlan and actress Melanie Vallejo from Winners & Losers.
Cruise Passenger will be reporting live from the CLIA Awards night on 8 February.
See the full list of finalists below.
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
House of Travel Hamilton
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”