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Published on Sunday, September 12, 2021

CLIA Australasia launches new phase of Ready, Set, Sail lobbying campaign

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has launched the latest phase of its Ready, Set, Sail lobbying campaign in response to continued government inaction over an Australia cruising restart.

Following the Federal Government's extension of Australia's cruise suspension last week, CLIA has urged travel agents, industry stakeholders and other supporters to send a new message to state and federal lawmakers.

The campaign directs supporters to an online tool at www.ReadySetSail.com.au where they can message politicians quickly and easily.

Users can generate instant emails to local MPs and key Ministers or personalise a message to relay their own story and circumstances.

CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said an initial Ready, Set, Sail campaign launched in May had resulted in more than 40,000 emails to MPs around Australia.

"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," Katz said. 

CLIA recently called for cruising to be included in the four-phase National Plan to reopen Australia.

The association 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," Katz added.

Travel professionals can join the Ready, Set, Sail campaign by visiting www.ReadySetSail.com.au and use the template to reach MPs.


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