It was the night when the men and women behind Australia and New Zealand’s cruise industry get the recognition they deserve.
More than 500 joined Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia in marking a record year of cruising at the 16th Annual Cruise Industry Awards in Sydney.
A total of 19 awards were handed out across nine categories with the top Australian award once again going to Western Australia’s Bicton Travel.
In addition to winning an unprecedented sixth Gold Agency of the Year award, Bicton founder Carole Smethurst was inducted into the CLIA Hall of Fame.
Phil Hoffmann Travel Glenelg took out the Silver Award, marking the agency’s seventh appearance in the top three since 2008, while Cruiseabout Kew won Bronze.
CLIA Australasia Chairman Steve Odell presented a special posthumous award to the late James Patrick from Wiltrans International for his Contribution to the Australasian Cruise Industry.
The award was accepted by James’ wife, Wiltrans Managing Director Diane Patrick.
“The Cruise Industry Awards bring together the industry’s brightest stars from across Australia and New Zealand in a fantastic celebration that recognises their outstanding achievements. Each year, the event continues to grow in stature in line with the impressive expansion of the industry, cementing the CLIAs as the cruise industry’s ‘night of nights’,” Mr Odell said.
The event featured an exclusive preview of award-winning musical The Bodyguard with Paulini Curuenavuli performing some of Whitney Houston’s best known songs.
2016 CRUISE INDUSTRY AWARD WINNERS
Cruise Agency of the Year – Australia
GOLD: Bicton Travel, Perth WA
SILVER: Phil Hoffmann Travel, Glenelg SA
BRONZE: Cruiseabout, Kew VIC
Cruise Agency of the Year – New Zealand
GOLD: Pukekohe Travel
SILVER: House of Travel Orewa
BRONZE: Cruiseabout Parnell
Online Agency of the Year – Australia
Online Agency of the Year – New Zealand
Home Based/Mobile Agent of the Year – Australia
Derek Harwood – TravelManagers
Broker of the Year – New Zealand
Debbie Bradford – NZ Travel Brokers
Cruise Consultant of the Year – Australia
Helen McMullen, Cruise Holidays QLD
Cruise Consultant of the Year – New Zealand
Gail Littin, Pukekohe Travel
Rising Star Award – Australia
Hayley Osbourne, Cruise Republic VIC
Rising Star Award – New Zealand
Melanie Morrison, HOOT Cruises
Agency Promotion of the Year – Australasia
Meridian Travel & The Cruise Gallery VIC – “Rockin’ the Mekong with Elvis”
Network Promotion of the Year – Australasia
Phil Hoffmann Travel (Australia) – “River Cruise Launch Events with APT”
Plan a Cruise Month Agency Promotion Award – Australasia
Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel – New Zealand
Brian Johnston, “Sail of the Centuries” (The Age/SMH Traveller, Fairfax)
Hall of Fame
Carole Smethurst – Bicton Travel
Contribution to the Cruise Industry (Posthumous Award)