Cruise is one of the fastest growing leisure travel segments globally and has been picking up steam in India. With an increased inventory of cruise itineraries in neighbouring Asian ports such as Singapore and Hong Kong and India’s ambition to grow cruise tourism, cruise sales in India is expected to soar over the next few years.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia & Asia Managing Director Joel Katz said CLIA’s inaugural participation in SATTE 2018 marks another milestone in CLIA’s efforts in India.
“To support the development of cruise in India, CLIA’s mandate is to provide essential training, resources and support to Indian travel agents. SATTE 2018 held in New Delhi, has an impressive attendance of 12,000 trade partners and provides an excellent platform for CLIA to promote our cruise training and membership. We look forward to working with the Indian travel community in 2018 and beyond as the cruise industry continues to grow further” Mr. Katz said.
Since the launch of CLIA training in 2016, there has been a steady increase in Indian travel agent members. CLIA’s training and accreditation programme gives access to the Learning Academy, which contains over 50 modules covering every aspect of the cruising. The online programme is specifically designed for travel agents, with extended coverage of specialized content for those with experience.
Ms. Kashish Jiandani was the first Indian national awarded CLIA’s highest certification – Master cruise consultant. According to Ms. Jiandani, being part of the CLIA has been instrumental in enhancing her skills for personal and professional growth.
At SATTE 2018’s conference, CLIA’s Head of International Training & Development, Peter Kollar will showcase the latest innovations from the cruising industry and give valuable tips on how to use these in selling cruise for today’s market. CLIA will also be at SATTE booth D85 in Hall 10.