Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced today it has formed an alliance with the Professional Travel Agents of North America (PTANA) organization. PTANA, formed in 2009, has joined CLIA as a 2017 Premier Member and has committed to 100 percent CLIA membership adoption among its approximately 150 travel agencies and 600 travel agents across 10 chapters nationwide.
More than a year in the making, the alliance will allow PTANA travel professionals to access CLIA’s professional development and certification program, the official training of the cruise industry, to grow their cruise sales volumes. PTANA’s intent is for its agencies and agents to be the best trained, most professional representatives of the global cruise industry to the thousands of consumers they serve.
“PTANA has proven themselves to be a valuable member of the cruise industry and I look forward to seeing them thrive as a new Premier Member of CLIA,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “This alliance further underscores CLIA’s commitment to the travel professional community and our mission to be the unified voice for the industry.”
PTANA provides educational forums and networking opportunities for travel professionals and each chapter hosts monthly seminars that provide members with selling techniques and up-to-date product and destination information.
“It’s all about the relationship, with our partners, our members, our clients, and now with CLIA,” said Lila Nicholas, National Chairperson, PTANA. “This unprecedented alliance will ensure PTANA agencies and agents are empowered with professional development tools and resources that are the gold standard for the cruise industry and will help PTANA members increase their cruise sales while creating more satisfied and loyal cruise clients.”
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 24 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.
About Professional Travel Agents of North America (PTANA) –
Professional Travel Agents of North America (PTANA) is a nonprofit organization that provides educational and networking opportunities for the travel professional community of North America. The organization has 10 chapters across the nation that serves 150 travel agencies and 600 travel agents. Each chapter focuses on facilitating strong relationships with travel partners and promoting domestic and international travel. PTANA supports and donates to local and worldwide charitable organizations and causes. For more information, visit http://ptana.org/ or follow PTANA on Facebook.