Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has now extended its membership and accreditation programme to travel agents from Indonesia and Malaysia, following a similar roll-out in India last month.
Membership benefits were introduced to over 100 Indonesian and Malaysian travel agents by CLIA’s head of training & development Peter Kollar during a cruise travel agent event hosted in Jakarta last week in conjunction with CLIA’s partner Singapore Tourism Bureau (STB).
Giving a taste of what CLIA offers in terms of training and development, Kollar also conducted a training session titled Cruise 101: Increasing Cruise Business and Overcoming Objections.
As well, CLIA’s global cruise accreditation programme gives travel agent members access to CLIA’s Learning Academy, which contains over 50 industry leading training modules covering aspects of the cruise industry from a front-line consultant perspective.
Kollar said: “Cruising has gained popularity rapidly in the Asian market and more cruise lines are deploying ships in this region. CLIA training is designed to assist agents to be equipped to meet the growing demand for cruise.”
The association’s partnership with STB will also see CLIA membership being introduced in Singapore later this month, Joel Katz, managing director CLIA Asia, said.