This landmark agreement with MedCruise will allow the expansion of CLIA UK’s travel agent training programme, to France, where thousands of travel agents will get access to CLIA’s online training resources for this purpose.
Carla Salvadό, president of MedCruise, said: ‘This strategic agreement marks an important milestone in MedCruise’s relationship with CLIA Europe. I am delighted that our associations will collaborate in training travel agents and giving them the right tools to attract even more people to cruise in the Med and beyond.’
‘This new development shows that in the port community as well as in the cruise industry we never lose sight of the fact that our success is directly tied to the travel agent community and more passengers cruising in the Med,’ Salvado told Seatrade Cruise News today in Athens at the second day of the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2015.
Pierfrancesco Vago, CLIA Europe’s chairman, said: ‘the travel agent community play and will continue to play an essential role in the cruise industry’s supply chain, bringing our fantastic product closer to the end customer. We see agents as a vital link between travelers and cruise lines. They are our leading advocates when it comes to communicating the thrill of a cruise vacation.'
Vago continuedd, 'this agreement will see the expansion of CLIA’s travel agent training programme to one key European market, but it will not be the last one. I am glad that, in taking this step, CLIA Europe and MedCruise will continue to engage with and invest in a sector of fundamental importance to our industry.’