Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that in 2015 it will consolidate its U.S. offices into a single location in Washington, DC.
In addition, CLIA has hired Cindy D’Aoust as executive vice president, membership and operations. In this role, D’Aoust will be responsible for managing and expanding the functions previously based in Fort Lauderdale. D’Aoust will also oversee the consolidation of CLIA’s U.S. offices and have responsibility to fill the vice president, trade relations position held most recently by Dwain Wall.
D’Aoust comes to CLIA from Meeting Professionals International, where she served as chief operations officer, and brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and in membership organizations, including senior roles with Maritz Travel.
“With the globalization of CLIA, we have added new capabilities and expanded our resources in various parts of the world to support a growing cruise industry,” said Christine Duffy, CLIA president and CEO. In the U.S., CLIA has always maintained two centers of operations. The Arlington, Virginia, office has focused on advocacy, technical and regulatory affairs, communications and organizational operations; while the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, office supported travel agent members and executive partners. “To better serve our Members, CLIA will bring all functions under one roof in Washington, DC,” Duffy said.
The CLIA Arlington office staff will relocate to a new office in Washington, DC, in mid-January. Operations in the Ft. Lauderdale office will conclude in the spring. Some Florida staff have been asked to consider a transfer to Washington, some will work for CLIA remotely, and others will transition out of the association.
“I have a great appreciation and regard for our Ft. Lauderdale team and their dedication to our members. CLIA will be providing support to them throughout this transition,” said Duffy.