(BRUSSELS, 6 January 2016) – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced today it has added two new members to its global leadership team. Andy Harmer, former vice president, operations & director, UK & Ireland, has been promoted to senior vice president, membership and Bo Larsen, former vice president, strategic partnerships, has been promoted to senior vice president, strategic partnerships.
Harmer, who joined CLIA in 2006 will be responsible for working with CLIA leaders around the world to oversee all travel agent and professional development programs. Larsen, who joined CLIA in 2014 will manage the strategic direction of CLIA’s Executive Partner program on a global scale.
As the cruise industry continues to grow at a record pace, these new promotions will be instrumental in ensuring that CLIA continues to meet the growing and evolving needs of its members and the greater cruise community. Both will serve as key members of the leadership team under Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA.
“I am truly proud of both of these leaders, they have each demonstrated a key combination of expertise and leadership during their time with CLIA and I am looking forward to working more closely with them in these expanded roles,” said D’Aoust. “Their presence in Europe will ensure complete alignment and execution across all global offices to continue to drive our industry forward.”
In addition to these two new roles, earlier this year CLIA Global welcomed Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc., as CLIA Global Chair, and CLIA Europe welcomed Tom Fecke, as Secretary General and Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO of Celestyal Cruises, as Chair.
About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.