Other associations part of the new global body include: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA); European Cruise Council (ECC); Asia Cruise Association (ACA); the UK’s Passenger Shipping Association (PSA/ACE); France’s AFCC; Brazil’s ABREMAR; Northwest and Canada Cruise Association (NWCCA); and Alaska Association (ACA).
The body will become a one-stop global resource for cruise lines on technical and regulatory issues and will offer agents stronger partnership programs and expanded networking opportunities.
Governed by a Global Executive Committee chaired by Carnival Corporation & plc vice chairman, COO and Executive Committee member Howard Frank, the body is expected to provide longer term benefits for the cruise industry.
“We are now truly one industry with one voice,” Mr Frank said.
“Given the tremendous growth and continuing globalisation of the cruise industry, this evolution addresses the need to speak and act globally with a unified voice while recognising the importance of local relationships.”
CLIA president and CEO Christine Duffy will serve as president and CEO of the association while ICCA general manager Brett Jardine will continue to report to both Ms Duffy and the Australasian board headed by Chairman Gavin Smith.
“It enables us to better leverage our members’ and partners’ investment in association membership while strengthening the industry’s leadership globally on issues such as safety, security, the environment, sustainability and health,” Ms Duffy said.
Local matters will continue to be managed by the regional national associations in North America, Europe and Australasia while the global organisation will represent the cruise industry at the International Maritime Organisation in London, the International Labour Organisation in Geneva and international maritime and shipping organisations worldwide.
Words: Natalie Aroyan