CLIA widens river cruising education

New course builds on established European River Cruising course

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has launched its latest education course for travel agents, World River Cruising, adding to dozens of online training opportunities available as part of CLIA membership.

The newest course complements CLIA’s popular existing Elective, European River Cruising, and brings the total number of training courses available in Australasia to 81.

Now available through the CLIA Members Hub, World River Cruising will take agents on a virtual journey along many of the world’s great inland waterways, including the Mekong, Yangtze, Mississippi, Amazon, Nile, Ganges, Irrawaddy and Brahmaputra.

The new Elective is designed to give agents a comprehensive understanding of what their clients can expect on each river, from the onboard activities and vessel design of major operators to the shoreside experiences offered along each journey. The course covers each river’s distinct features including seasonality, attractions, and pre- and post-cruise options, while also providing insight on target markets and sales tips.

Scenic Spirit on the Mekong | credit: Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

CLIA Head of International Training & Development Peter Kollar said the new course was the latest in a string of new additions to CLIA’s suite of professional development opportunities.

“CLIA’s Members Hub now offers more than 100 hours of specialised industry training including Core Units that provide fundamental cruise selling skills and Electives that cover focused topics such as the new World River Cruising course,” Kollar said. “This is in addition to dozens of courses specific to individual CLIA cruise lines, which makes the Members Hub the most comprehensive source of cruise training available in Australia and New Zealand.”

Combined with the existing European River Cruising course, the new World River Cruising course allows travel agents to become river cruise experts. Those who complete the new course will earn 20 CLIA accreditation points.

For more details, visit the Members Hub at www.cruising.org.au

Lead image: The Yangtze, credit: Dong Zhang on Unsplash

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