Washington, DC, 2016-Sep-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has opened enrollment for its 2017 Travel Agency Membership program. CLIA Membership raises the professional credibility and reputation within the leisure travel industry and is designed to help members increase their industry knowledge, network and profitability.
This year, CLIA updated and expanded its membership offerings to provide members with the best benefits to build their business. The new program has been simplified, and travel agency’s interested in joining can choose one of the following membership levels:
- Travel Agency Membership
- Premier Agency Membership
“Travel professionals continue to be the leading distribution channel of the cruise industry, and we are dedicated to ensuring they have the best tools and resources needed to meet their business goals,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “We have listened to our members, taken all of their valuable feedback and made meaningful changes to our membership experience to meet their needs and expectations.”
Travel Agencies who join CLIA in 2017 will have access to CLIA’s newest member benefits, including:
Career Seascape: CLIA’s professional development platform provides a wide array of training opportunities for CLIA Members to continuously grow their industry knowledge. CLIA recently launched a new entry-level Certified Cruise Counsellor certification and now offers career counseling services for members who have questions or need assistance with choosing the best professional development options.
Cruise Finder: Exclusively for CLIA members, Cruise Finder provides ship information, itineraries and onboard offerings across CLIA’s Global Cruise Line Members.
New Commission Opportunities: CLIA partnered with other travel-related companies, like Marriott, Samsonite and Carey International to provide commissions to CLIA Members.
Auto Renew: A easier and more streamlined application process for enrolling and renewing.
EMBARC ID: Entitles CLIA members to priority invitation and confirmation for ship inspections, seminars at sea and FAM trips, as well as access to CLIA member benefits, including Cruise Line Member and Executive Partner commissions. EMBARC ID’s will now be mailed directly to Agents following Agency approval.
To become a CLIA Travel Agency Member and to learn more about the program, please visit http://cruising.org/travel-agent/become-a-member.
CLIA Individual Agent Membership enrollment opens on October 3, 2016.
About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.
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SOURCE: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)