Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today launched its travel agent training program in Mumbai.
At the trade industry event ‘Cruising ahead with Singapore’ organised by Singapore Tourism Board (STB) held at the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, CLIA’s Head of International Training & Development, Peter Kollar, announced the opening of CLIA’s travel agent accreditation program to over 200 Indian travel agents who attended the event.
“For the past five years, we have been speaking at conferences and to travel agents throughout Asia and India. During this time we have seen an increasing demand for formalised training in the cruise sector”, Kollar said.
“I am proud that we can now deliver CLIA’s training and accreditation program to Indian agents and ensure that they are well equipped to meet the growing demand for cruise in the Asian region”, Kollar added.
CLIA’s global cruise accreditation program gives travel agents access to CLIA’s Learning Academy, which contains over 50 industry leading training modules covering every aspect of the cruise industry from a front line consultant’s aspect.
“India is a key source market for cruising out of Singapore. STB will continue to work closely with in-market partners to raise awareness of cruising as a great holiday option and sustain the growth of Singapore as a cruising hub in South East Asia. STB India is happy that CLIA is opening up training opportunities for the Indian travel trade. This will help drive greater awareness, interest and competency in cruise promotions,” said Mr. G.B Srithar, Regional Director, South Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Singapore Tourism Board
“According to a consumer survey conducted in Mumbai, 34% of young Indian families are willing to spend on a cruise holiday and 98% are open to a cruise from Singapore. There are exciting opportunities ahead and we will continue to partner with our travel trade and cruise partners to grow Singapore’s cruise Industry and promote its strong destination appeal,” G.B Srithar added.
CLIA’s partnership with STB will also see CLIA membership being introduced in Singapore and Indonesia next month.