CLIA Opens Nominations for Cruise Industry Hall of Fame

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has opened nominations for the seventh annual Cruise Industry Hall of Fame and invites all member cruise lines, suppliers and travel agents to participate in submitting names of those individuals they feel are worthy of the honor.

The Hall of Fame recognizes those cruise industry representatives, past and present, whose efforts and accomplishments represent a significant contribution to and positive impact on the development and growth of cruise vacations. Those chosen for induction will be announced during a special Hall of Fame gala dinner on April 16 at cruise3sixty 2011 in Fort Lauderdale. 

Nominations are requested prior to February 15, 2011 and may be submitted online.

"The announcement of inductees into the Hall of Fame has become one of the exciting and important events of the year as the entire industry gathers to pay tribute to the accomplishments of those who have done so much to shape modern cruising," said Bob Sharak, CLIA’s executive vice president for marketing and distribution. "We hope that all CLIA members will submit their choices for 2011."

The Cruise Industry Hall of Fame recognizes three individuals on an annual basis that are selected based on nominations from CLIA’s membership, followed by a review by a nominating committee made up of CLIA’s Travel Agency Advisory Board, cruise line members, and approval by CLIA’s Executive Committee.

Inductees are chosen in three categories:

• Cruise retailer;
• Cruise line executive, and
• An “At Large” category that may be any individual, such as an additional retailer or cruise line executive, a politician, publisher, or shipbuilder, whose accomplishments warrant nomination.

Nominations should be based on the following considerations:

• Did the nominee’s accomplishments change or affect the cruise industry in a positive way?
• Can the nominee be considered a positive role model?
• What did the nominee accomplish that sets him or her apart from others in the industry?

In 2010, the inductees for the Cruise Industry Hall of Fame included Micky Arison, Carnival Corp. plc’s chairman and CEO; the travel industry educators, marketers and travel agents Doris and Phil Davidoff; Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso; and the Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH).

Nomination forms are available to CLIA member travel agencies via email communications and within the Travel Agent Center at After filling in the form it may be forwarded to CLIA via email at [email protected]

 To obtain Hall of Fame nomination forms, CLIA members should visit the Travel Agent Center at


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