Bruce Blacklock and Mel Watson, helloworld Travel Lambton Quay, St Heliers, Mt Eden, Botany were presented with the Large Cruise Agency of the Year New Zealand title by Ben Angell, NCL Bruce Blacklock and Mel Watson, helloworld Travel Lambton Quay, St Heliers, Mt Eden, Botany were presented with the Large Cruise Agency of the Year New Zealand title by Ben Angell, NCL

Cruise awards upbeat

The novel caronavirus (Covid-19) was on the minds of attendees at the 19th Annual Cruise Industry Awards in Sydney on Saturday night – but it didn’t dampen spirits during the celebration.

Joel Katz, managing director Cruise Lines Industry Association (CLIA) Australasia reflected on the challenges in his welcome address but noted that the industry is ‘responsive and resilient. ‘Most cruise lines are operating as usual and are taking extra measures that will help reassure travellers.’ Sture Myrmell, chairman of CLIA Australasia was actually in Asia on the night, occupied with Covid-19 issues. He thanked the trade for being ‘consistent in supporting cruise lines in good times and when we have headwinds.’ He noted the current situation is dynamic and rapidly changing. ‘Despite all that is happening, I remain optimistic.’ Earlier coverage and full list of winners here.

 

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