CLIA Awards

Orbit’s James King Recognised as a Cruise Industry Top Achiever

The big achievers of the Australasian cruising world have been named at this year’s annual Cruise Industry Awards, the biggest night of the year for the Australian and New Zealand cruise community.

Held by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia on the 23rdof February, the gala dinner and awards night attracted more than 500 guests to Sydney’s Star Event Centre on Saturday and helped mark another successful year in the thriving cruise sector. A total of 20 honours were presented in an evening hosted by actor and singer Tim Campbell, including awards for travel agencies and individuals from across both countries.

Among the finalists for ‘Cruise Consultant of the Year, Australia 2018’ was Orbit’s very own, James King. James attended the event with Orbit World Travel’s National Leisure Manager, Holly Ireland, pictured below on the red carpet prior to the event. It was James’ passion and experience for cruising and ensuring his clients travel on the right cruises as well as his knowledge of all things cruising that had seen him recognised in this year’s nominations.

“It was an honour to be nominated and to attend this magical night filled with awards, entertainment and lots of celebrations,” said James.

CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz said this year’s awards had been among the most successful of the event’s 18-year history.

“We had a record number of submissions this year which made for a heightened level of competition,” Mr Katz said. “It proves that travel agents are more engaged than ever and more dedicated to developing their cruise business, which makes them a key driver of the ongoing growth in the cruise industry.”

A highlight honour was the induction of Crystal Cruises Managing Director & Senior Vice President Australia & New Zealand Karen Christensen into the CLIA Hall of Fame, recognising her for more than 30 years in the Australasian cruise industry and her long association with CLIA.

Well done James we are all very proud!

CLIA Awards Tim Campbell CLIA Awards Holly and James

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