Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has developed a new format for its Cruise360 conference this year, extending the event into a second day to allow a ship inspection for participants.

To be held in Sydney in August, this year’s event will involve international keynote speakers Jan Swartz, the group president of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, and Larry Pimentel, the president and chief executive officer of Azamara Club Cruises.

CLIA says its refreshed format will include better networking opportunities and professional development break-out sessions, as well as seminars and analysis into current cruise and travel industry trends. Cruise360’s trade show will also give attendees an opportunity to meet cruise line representatives and cruise-related suppliers.

CLIA Australasia managing director Joel Katz said the organisation was excited to have secured Swartz and Pimentel as keynote speakers.

“It’s an honour to have two of our industry’s top leaders take the stage at this important CLIA event,” Mr Katz said.

“Their addresses will be a highlight of Cruise360 so we’re thrilled they’ve agreed to lend their knowledge to our travel agent members.”

For the first time, Cruise360 will involve an extra day to allow an inspection of P&O Cruises’ newest fleet addition, Pacific Explorer.

Cruise360 will take place on August 25 at the Hyatt Regency Sydney, followed by the ship inspection on August 26.

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