Press Release | July 13, 2020

CLIA stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, members, and partners

This is a painful time for many in our industry and the world. The economic and social challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have been paired with fear and anger over the murder of George Floyd and the systemic racism his killing represents. CLIA, as a global organization, strongly condemns racism in any form and commits to taking the actions necessary to make a difference through education and service. The following represents just a start to those efforts.

Education. CLIA is committed to reflecting and educating our team on how Black Americans and people of color (POC) have shaped the United States and what more we can do to amplify their voices, lend our voices and end the systemic and structural racism in North America and across the globe. 

Statement of shared values. CLIA is in the process of creating a statement of shared values regarding diversity, equity and inclusion, as the cruise industry’s leading trade travel association, that we will use to guide our discussions and actions.

CLIA volunteering. CLIA is encouraging its employees to volunteer their time and skills to assist in their respective communities in support of the fight against the injustice experienced by Black people and POCs every day.

CLIA knows that these actions alone are not enough in combating the great injustice afflicting Black communities and individuals across the world, but when joined with the voices and efforts of other people and organizations working together to make a difference, we believe change will come.

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