In May it provided a tool for travel agents, industry stakeholders and other members of Australia’s cruise community to email local members of Parliament and key ministers at state and federal levels, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state premiers.
That resulted in more than 40,000 emails to MPs around Australia, with many giving details of the hardships that have been brought about by the cruise suspension.
‘Politicians are increasingly acknowledging the need to revive the cruise economy, but we need them to do more so we can get detailed plans in place,’ CLIA Australasia MD Joel Katz said.
‘We need to break the cycle of inaction and achieve firm plans for a careful revival of cruising,’ he said.
CLIA Australasia has called for cruising to be included in the four-phase National Plan to reopen Australia and wind back travel restrictions.
It has outlined its own four-phase pathway to cruising’s revival, based on the same vaccination targets used in the National Plan.
‘Australia is the only major cruise destination in the world where governments have made no progress towards a responsible resumption of cruising, despite months of discussions and the availability of stringent new health protocols in response to COVID-19,’ Katz said.
‘With our supporters’ help, we want to send a clear message that Australians deserve a detailed plan for our industry’s revival.’