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CLIA's Andy Harmer awarded OBE for services to the maritime sector

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Andy Harmer has been instrumental in bringing people together for the safe resumption of cruising
Cruise Lines International Association's Andy Harmer was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) today during the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Harmer, managing director, CLIA United Kingdom & Ireland was accorded the OBE for his services to the maritime sector.

The OBE is awarded to individuals having a major local role in any activity, including those whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.

Spearheaded efforts for cruising's resumption

'Andy has worked within the travel industry for more than 24 years, including several years as a travel agent. As managing director of CLIA UK & Ireland, Andy most recently spearheaded efforts during the pandemic to bring people together from across the transport, tourism and maritime sectors to support the safe resumption of cruising,' a CLIA spokesperson said.

'I’m thrilled and very grateful to receive this recognition,' Harmer said. 'It has been an incredibly challenging few years for everyone in our sector and the way we have all worked together to overcome such enormous challenges has been inspiring. I feel privileged every day to work for an industry that employs people from all over the world, people of all backgrounds who are passionate about what they do, creating unforgettable travel experiences.'

'Our industry at its best'

CLIA President and CEO Kelly Craighead offered the association's 'warmest congratulations to our colleague Andy Harmer, adding: 'During the pandemic, Andy’s tireless commitment, combined with his collaborative and positive approach, set a fantastic example, and showed our industry at its best.'