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Published on Friday, June 11, 2021

CLIA pushes for clear plan to restart cruising in Australia

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has again called for more urgency for a resumption of cruising in Australia.

It is concerned at the lack of progress and called on the federal government to take measures towards establishing a plan for future cruise operations.

The government recently said it would hold talks later this month to review the current cruise ship ban.

 CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said the continued ban was putting 18,000 Australian jobs in doubt.

"Our industry needs some certainty, but after months of discussions with government, the suspension has been extended again without any clear route from government towards a careful and responsible resumption of cruising," Katz said.

"The cruise industry has done an enormous amount of work to implement extensive new health protocols globally, but Australia is now the only major cruise destination in the world where there is no progress towards their adoption."

The suspension is estimated to have cost the Australian economy up to $6 billion since March 2020.

CLIA and its cruise line members have been meeting regularly with a government working group to advocate for a phased resumption of domestic cruising in Australia, beginning with local cruises for local passengers while international borders remain closed.

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