Cruise Western Australia chair in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Ross Dowling is a regular speaker at ACA annual conferences

Professor Ross Dowling, chairman of Cruise Western Australia, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours handed down on Monday.

It follows the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) that Dowling received in 2011.

He retired from his position as foundation professor of tourism at WA’s Edith Cowan University in 2018 after 16 years, but remains an honorary professor.

‘Ross has been one of the key drivers behind the WA cruise committee and has helped  to establish cruise as a critical part of the overall tourism strategy for the state,’ Jill Abel CEO of the Australian Cruise Association said.

Putting cruise on the curriculum 

‘His work as an educator at Edith Cowan University has seen cruise now included as part of the tourism curriculum and he has inspired many students to follow careers in the cruise tourism industry,’ Abel said.

‘He is a regular speaker at our annual conferences, guiding and mentoring fellow members. He has also been an invited lecturer on many ships.

‘We are delighted that his efforts continue to be acknowledged and look forward to our ongoing work with him.’

Posted 11 June 2019

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Australasia correspondent Helen Hutcheon did her cadetship on a shipping magazine and worked in P&O’s Sydney office for seven years as a public relations journalist. For 19 years she was deputy editor of Travel Week, which was Australia’s leading trade newspaper that covered major local and international industry events. In 2008 the late legendary Rama Rebbapragada presented her with an award from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ‘in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cruising industry.’ In 2010 she won the Neil Frazer Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the cruise industry,’ elevating her to CLIA Australasia’s hall of fame. She has been the Australasia correspondent for Seatrade Cruise Review since 1997 and for Seatrade Insider (now Seatrade Cruise News) since its launch in 2000.

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