The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced Qatar Airways, one of the world´s fastest-growing airlines, has joined the association as Diamond Elite Executive Partner. Today at the travel trade show ITB Berlin, CLIA and Qatar Airways signed the membership agreement. Diamond Elite Executive Partners are offered a range of benefits including access to CLIA cruise lines and travel agents as well as marketing and promotional activities across CLIA’s 15 offices around the world.
CLIAヨーロッパのMSCクルーズ会長兼エグゼクティブチェアマンであるピエルフランチェスコヴァゴは、次のように述べています。 。 「世界のクルーズ客の80％がクルーズ休暇の前後にフライトを利用しているため、両業界は緊密な関係と協力の恩恵を受けることができます。」
His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ GCEO, commented on the new partnership: “We are very glad to join the CLIA organisation and explore closer ties with the world’s cruise lines. Qatar Airways serves an expansive number of destinations across six continents, which provides travelers with ease and flexibility when planning their cruising excursions. With regular flights to Miami, the world’s cruising hub, in addition to other attractive cruising destinations such as Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States and Australia, Qatar Airways looks to participate in the growth of the cruise industry for relevant synergies in our operations.”
Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, flies to more than 145 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. Launched in 1997, Qatar Airways has grown from a regional airline to a five-star global carrier. The fleet of 147 aircraft is one of the most modern fleets in the industry today. The airline has ordered more than 340 new aircraft including Boeing’s 777 and 787 aircraft and Airbus’ A380 and A350 aircraft. Qatar Airways has been voted Airline of the Year 2011 and in 2012, and Best Business Class in the World in 2013 at the prestigious Skytrax industry audit.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines and travel agents and is engaged in providing travel agent training, and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of a cruise holiday vacation. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit www.cruising.org. CLIA can also be followed on the Cruise Lines International Association’s Facebook and Twitter fan pages.