Cruise associations around the world are committed to boosting destination appeal. Here, they explain how itinerary planners can take advantage of their services to build the best experiences possible.
CLIA’s Executive Partner Program provides an invaluable platform not only to raise partners’ company profiles and provide access to regulatory and technical expertise, but also to connect stakeholders such as ports and suppliers to our cruise line members. This delivers fast-track, targeted value for building relationships with cruise industry decision makers.
Bo Larsen, Global Director, Port Engagement and Business Development
Cruise BC is a proud association of British Columbia ports. No one knows the British Columbia coastal waters and its port cities of Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Victoria and Vancouver better than Cruise BC, and we want to share our knowledge and experience. We have a fantastic team ready to meet with you and develop itineraries tailored to your cruise line. Rebecca Penz, Chair
The Cruise Association of Newfoundland & Labrador
The Cruise Association of Newfoundland & Labrador is the one-stop shop for all cruise-related resources in our province. It is our job to link itinerary planners with any key contacts they may require. We work to position the province strategically within a diverse set of markets. We employ joint marketing agreements, online strategies and social media campaigns to educate consumers, sell our destinations, and ensure that we remain front and centre of the international stage.
Dennis O’Keefe, Chair and Mayor, City of St. John’s
Cruise the Saint Lawrence
Cruise the Saint Lawrence offers a variety of services to cruise lines including itinerary planning assistance, and, through our website, provides a wealth of information specific to each of the nine Saint Lawrence ports of call. Together with our members, we are currently implementing a Greeting Policy to help us become the destination that provides the best welcome in the world. Our association is also investing in targeted marketing activities to promote summer season offerings and itineraries featuring stopovers.
Ren? Trepanier, Executive Director
Atlantic Canada cruise Association
Consumers consistently tell us the number one factor when purchasing a cruise is the destination. Even as newer ships become attractions in themselves, the destinations they visit continue to be the top way of attracting passengers. This is where we come in. Our association knows Atlantic Canada – each port and the must-see places.
Brian Webb, Executive Director
Cruise Europe is a one-stop shop for itinerary planners. We host information about all 110 member ports and seven associate members across Europe on the CE website. Planners can also use our digital Port Handbook tool to select the ports they want to call at and find the information they need. We provide updates about new members, port developments and tours. We also host regular networking events, including the annual Cruise Europe Conference, which will take place in Santander, Spain, in April 2015.
Jens Chr. Skrede, Managing Director
Network Cruise Baltic aims to be the first point of contact between cruise lines and its 28 destinations in the Baltic Sea region. We offer itinerary planners an essential planning tool – the Port Service Standards – that provides them with detailed and up-to-date information covering length and depth of piers, bollard strength, tendering opportunities and more. We are committed to delivering the best knowledge possible to cruise lines and travel agents wanting to discover the unique appeal of the Baltic Sea region.
Claus B?dker, Director
Cruise Indian Ocean Association
Simply and briefly, the main advantage that an itinerary planner gains from an association like the CIOA is being able to contact a one-stop shop expert who is able to provide virtually instant answers on numerous queries related to the overall destination. We provide up-to-date information about the region’s harbour developments, the latest shore excursion offerings, security matters and other pertinent factors that an itinerary planner sitting in his office on the other side of the world needs to know.
Cruise Wales works in partnership with the country’s six cruise ports, destinations, cruise suppliers and the Welsh Government to showcase all that Wales has to offer, including its Celtic culture and heritage, 1200kms of coastline and three national parks. Our association provides itinerary planners with everything they need to know to bring cruise ships to Wales. Through us, they can plan and book cruise programmes, create unique itineraries and get their hands on helpful resources.
MedCruise represents Mediterranean ports and its mission is to promote the cruise industry in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas. Members benefit from networking, promotional and professional development opportunities. The association currently has 71 members from more than 100 ports around the Mediterranean region, including the Black Sea, the Red Sea and the Near Atlantic, plus 32 associate members, representing other associations, tourist boards and ship/port agents.
Thano Pallis, Secretary General