The ICCA Awards shine the light on the best in the cruise industry.
As cruise passengers, it pays to take note of the cruise organisations receiving praise from the industry. When cruise options baffle us and indecision plagues us these are the people to turn to for the calming explanations we know are derived from an encyclopaedic knowledge and genuine desire to guide us to the perfect cruise experience.
On Saturday night (February 11, 2012), at a glittering event held at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel, the International Cruise Council of Australasia (ICCA) presented its 2011 industry awards to a capacity trade audience from Australia and New Zealand.
Cruise Passenger magazine was the Gold Sponsor of the event and editor Sally Macmillan presented Awards to the Gold winners of Cruise Agency of the Year in Australia, Bicton Travel of WA, and New Zealand, iCruise in Auckland.
ICCA chairman Gavin Smith (Royal Caribbean International CEO) discussed with the crowd the tragic Costa Concordia sinking, indicating that it had had little effect on cruise bookings in Australia. This is not the case in Europe and the USA, he said, where bookings are down.
The following awards were given:
Industry pioneer Phil Hoffmann was awarded the ‘Neil Frazer Award’ for outstanding contribution to the cruise industry by an individual.
The ‘Agency Promotion of the Year – Australia’ went to Just Cruises’ “Cruise Sale Week”.
The ‘Agency Promotion of the Year – New Zealand’ went to Manly United Travel’s “APT River Cruise Group Promotion”.
The ‘Rising Star – Australia’ went to Jamii-Lee Alpen, Ozcruising, ACT.
The ‘Rising Star – New Zealand’ went to Helen Mahoney, Lets Cruise, Auckland.
The ‘Frank Johnson Award for Cruise Consultant of the Year – Australia’ went to Roland Kautzky, Cruiseabout, Port Melbourne.
The ‘Frank Johnson Award for Cruise Consultant of the Year – New Zealand’ went to Sue Grigg, Cruiseabout, Ponsonby.
And the Cruise Agency of the Year awards were as follows:
‘Cruise Agency of the Year – Australia, Bronze’: Phil Hoffmann Travel.
‘Cruise Agency of the Year – Australia, Silver’: Cruiseabout, Turramurra.
‘Cruise Agency of the Year – Australia, Gold’: Bicton Travel, WA.
‘Cruise Agency of the Year – New Zealand, Bronze’: Cruise Republic, Auckland.
‘Cruise Agency of the Year – New Zealand, Silver’: Lets Cruise, Auckland.
‘Cruise Agency of the Year – New Zealand, Gold’: iCruise, Auckland.