Cruise industry sparkles

The cruise industry’s biggest celebration of the year brought together more than 500 people at the end of February for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia 17th Annual Cruise Industry Awards in Sydney.

Top achievers from across Australia and New Zealand were honoured in 16 categories, including cruise pioneer Ted Blamey who joined the association’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his 30-year contribution to the industry including as president of Sitmar International, CEO of Ansett Retail/Traveland and chairman of Sydney Ports.

Some of the top honours went to Bicton Travel in WA which was named Australia’s Gold Cruise Agency of the Year for the fifth year in a row, and to Kathy Pavlidis of Cruiseabout Kew in Victoria who won the award for Australian Cruise Consultant of the Year.