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2019 Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Award Winners


ruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the 2019 Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards at the Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards Gala Dinner during CLIA Cruise360 Conference. The awards identify individuals and organizations whose efforts and accomplishments represent a significant contribution to the cruise industry. “The Hall of Fame winners have proven themselves as some of the most forward-thinking thought leaders in the cruise industry, and every nominee is a great reflection on the industry as a whole,” said Kelly Craighead, president and CEO, CLIA. “CLIA is honored to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of each of the recognized individuals and award their passion and contributions to the cruise industry today and beyond.” Here are the 2019 Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Award Winners:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER Awarded to an individual who is a lifetime champion of cruise travel and has made monumental contributions to the cruise industry. Winner: Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, who as president and CEO of a multi-billion-dollar vacation brand, Celebrity Cruises, is a high-impact leader in the travel/hospitality industry. Her commitment to opening up the world through travel has brought recognition, awards and invitations for Celebrity Cruises to be applauded for their global impact. TRAVEL AGENCY INNOVATOR AWARD WINNER Awarded to a CLIA Travel Agency Member who has demonstrated visionary leadership in their approach to promoting cruise travel and growing their cruise travel sales. Winner: Avoya Travel, a CLIA Premier Travel Agency, is a family-owned company with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. ELITE CRUISE COUNSELLOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER Awarded to an Individual Agent Member who has demonstrated their career commitment to professional development through achievement of Elite Cruise Counsellor or Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar status—the pinnacle of CLIA certification with the requisite sales requirements—as well as significantly impacted the travel agent landscape through contributions to their agency. Winner: ECC-Lucinda Belden, ECC – Dream Vacations, Stingray Travel. Lucinda is committed to professional development and sharing the value of using a travel agent, particularly when booking a cruise. Lucinda also mentors travel professionals in developing nations through her involvement with the non-profit organization Adventure Angels. The 2019 Cruise Industry Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards draw nominations from throughout the CLIA membership. Recipients of the awards are determined by a selection panel that includes representatives from the CLIA Strategic Trade Advisory and Review Board (STARBoard) and Trade Relations Committee, as well as CLIA staff. 32 SECOND QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE

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