Finalists for CLIA Australasia’s 20th Industry Awards revealed

73 finalists chosen from across Australia and New Zealand

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has revealed the finalists for the 20th Cruise Industry Awards ahead of a sold-out celebration in March.

73 finalists have been chosen from across Australia and New Zealand and will be in the running to win one of cruising’s highest honours when the industry comes together for its biggest party in more than three years. Over 400 entries were received for this year’s awards with 18 categories to be judged, including 11 open to self-nomination or peer-nomination.

Key categories include Agency of the Year, Cruise Consultant of the Year, Home-Based Cruise Agent/Broker of the Year, Rising Star, Cruise Champion, Promotion of the Year and a Media Award.

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Joel Katz, Managing Director of CLIA Australasia said this year’s awards would recognise the determination and resilience shown by the travel agent community across Australia and New Zealand.

“The past few years have given us challenges like never before, and yet the nominations for this year’s CLIA Awards show an incredible amount of passion and strength among our members,” Katz said. “Each of the finalists chosen for this year’s awards is a brilliant example of the tenacity and dedication that has kept our community united and put cruising back on a course to prosperity.”

Hosted by entertainer Tim Campbell, CLIA’s 20th Cruise Industry Awards will be held at Luna Park Sydney on Saturday 11 March 2023.

Cruise Industry Awards Finalists include:

Agency of the Year Categories

Large Cruise Agency of the Year


Small Cruise Agency of the Year


Small Cruise Agency of the Year

New Zealand

Phil Hoffmann Travel

Hunter Travel Group

Ignite Travel Group

RAA Travel

Goldman Group

Andrew Jones Travel

Bicton Travel

Main Beach Travel

itravel Carlingford

Champagne Travel Mandurah

Pukekohe Travel

YOU Travel Orewa

YOU Travel Bethlehem

House of Travel Orewa

The Private Travel Company


Online Cruise Agency of the Year


Clean Cruising

Cruise Guru

Our Vacation Centre



Individual Categories

Broker of the Year

 New Zealand

Mobile/Home Based Agent of the Year


Cruise Consultant of the Year

New Zealand

Kristin Edgeworth, 360 Edge Travel

Sharon O’Brien, Live Breathe Travel

Lucy Marshall, The Travel Brokers

Megan Catterall, itravel

Rose Febo, TravelManagers Australia

Sarah Webster, Wayfinder Travel & Cruise

Mark Spurway, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents

Karryn Bartlett, TravelManagers Australia

Kay Rogers, YOU Travel Bethlehem

Janine Mallon, Zest4Travel

Dennis Payne, House of Travel Orewa

Kay Paulsen, CRUISEDEALS.CO.NZ powered by HOOT

Lynne Bennett, World Travellers Whangarei

Cruise Consultant of the Year


Rising Star

New Zealand

Rising Star


Ingrid Hay, New Farm Travel

Martine Hero, Clean Cruising

Amanda Taylor, My Cruises (Ignite Travel Group)

Sheron Konig, Travel Associates Rockhampton

Jorden Krause, My Cruises (Ignite Travel Group)

Marise Barrett, helloworld Strandon

Hayley Thompson, YOU Travel Manly

Erin Graham, Zest4Travel

Clarees Purkiss, Cruise Travel Centre Green Hills

Madeleine McIntyre, My Cruises (Ignite Travel Group)

Anita Dearle, Champagne Travel Mandurah

Sarah Lee, Clean Cruising

Paige Cameron, My Cruises (Ignite Travel Group)

Cruise Champion


Cruise Line Champion


Barry Downs, The Big Cruise Podcast

Belle Goldie, itravel Penrith

Robyn Sinfield, Home Travel Company

Christine Oliver, Holland America Line

Mel Watson, Silversea Cruises

Shaun Kavanagh, Princess Cruises

Promotion and Media Categories

Cruise Month Promotion of the Year


Network Cruise Promotion of the Year 


Agency/Agent Cruise Promotion of the Year


Sarah Fenton, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents

Hunter Travel Group

MTA – Mobile Travel Agents

My Cruises

RAA Travel – Get on Board with RAA – Cruise Wave Campaign

YOU Travel – UK & Europe on Sale 2022

Flight Centre – Flight Centre’s Biggest Cruise Campaign

House of Travel – Disney Magic at Sea

Travel Associates – Luxury Cruise Campaign 2022

Cruise Away – Cruise Away TV

Rose Febo – TravelManagers Australia – Celebrating the return of Luxury cruising

My Cruises – Virgin Voyages Exclusive Australia Launch

Megan Caterall, itravel – Long lunch with Silversea


Agency/Agent Cruise Promotion of the Year 

New Zealand

Media Award 


Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel – Heritage Expeditions Always On Campaign

YOU Travel Orewa – “Reconnect with Europe” escorted cruise tour

CRUISEDEALS.CO.NZ powered by HOOT – Country Music Cruise

Andrea Black, Escape                                    “Ready to set sail?”

Andrew Conway, Signature Luxury Travel & Style  “Pioneers of Sustainability”

Michael Ferrante, The West Australian            “Huge Landmark for Holidays at Sea”

Brian Johnston, Traveller                                 “River cruising guide: Best destinations, cruise companies and planning tips to go with the flow”

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