Aug 12, 2010

Travel Agencies Joining this Month Receive Membership through December 2011

Fort Lauderdale, FL — August 12, 2010 —

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has opened its 2011 agency membership enrollment, providing new enrollees the opportunity to receive the entire platform of exclusive CLIA benefits for as many as 16 months for the price of a 2011 membership. CLIA membership is widely acknowledged to be one of the best and most extensive professional development and certification programs in the travel industry, with over 16,000 travel industry sales professionals counted as members.

"CLIA strives to extend extraordinary value to its members," said Bob Sharak, CLIA's EVP, marketing & distribution. "By opening 2011 membership enrollment early, we are able to give our new agency members all the benefits of CLIA membership as soon as they sign up, as well as the added incentive of receiving more than 16 months of benefits rather than 12 months."

CLIA member agencies enjoy numerous exclusive benefits, including preferred access to CLIA "Gold Standard" training & certification programs, access to "members only" marketing programs such as "World's Largest Cruise Night," the CLIA Cruise Manual and a comprehensive portfolio of tools and materials designed to enhance and augment an agency's sales, marketing and promotional skills and capabilities.

Members also enjoy preferred pricing access to special events such as cruise3sixty, CLIA's annual cruise conference and trade show. Member agents give credit to CLIA training and certification for increases in cruise sales of as much as 261 percent. Trade and consumer surveys also consistently indicate that CLIA member travel agencies enjoy an enhanced professional stature among consumers and travel industry colleagues.

To take advantage of this special membership offer and become a member of CLIA, or to re-enroll, please visit CLIA's Web site at or call 754-224-2200.

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