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CLIA Rediscover: Refreshing Cruise Knowledge

The CLIA ‘Rediscover’ Event took place yesterday in Clontarf Castle.

ITTN’s Allie Sheehan was there to chat with the cruise suppliers and learn about exciting trends for 2022/2023. The morning started with an update from Andy Harmer, Managing Director, Clia UK & Ireland. A lively panel discussion followed this with industry experts such as Rebecca Kelly (Princess Cruises), Jennifer Callister (Royal Caribbean) and Sharon Wilson (A-Rosa River Cruises).

Top cruise trends we’re seeing are:

  • People are cruising close to home
  • Expedition & ‘bucket list’ cruising is growing quickly
  • River Cruising is one of the faster growing segments
  • Experiences are important
  • New customers are key

The room was then split into speed dating sessions! Agents had 15 minutes to chat with each cruise supplier- it was a particularly engaging way to learn about what’s new for 2023/ 2024.

After lunch, Debbie Dale was on hand for the ultimate in client inspiration. She talked about cruise misinterpretations and the best ways to capture clients’ imaginations and get them booking!

Allie Sheehan
Allie Sheehan
I have worked in the travel industry for seven years, from working in American Holidays and The Travel Corporation I have a wealth of knowledge of all aspects of travel. Before joining ITTN I worked for Facebook which gave me the inside knowledge of the wonderful world of social media. I have a BSc in Event Management and am also a qualified beauty therapist (which definitely comes in handy in this business). Recently I joined the AWTE Ireland committee and I am enjoying working with and connecting with the network of women in travel.


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