CLIA UK & Ireland’s 2024 conference is heading back to Southampton next year.
Being staged from May 23-25, the 16th running of the conference, which clams to be the largest annual travel agent event of its kind in Europe, will include ship visits, conference sessions, an industry trade fair and a celebratory evening event.
For the first time, agents will be able to choose two ships – from the six available – to visit over consecutive days,.
An optional ‘New to Selling Cruise Day’ has also been added, on May 22, following a successful launch in 2023. The in-person session will combine industry and product training for agents who are new to cruise.
The first day of the event will comprise conference sessions and a full industry trade fair in the evening. Both activities will be held in Southampton-based venues.
Attendees will have the option to visit Cunard’s Queen Anne, Silversea’s Silver Dawn or Princess Cruises’ Sky Princess on day two. A celebratory evening event will follow.
Attendees will then have the choice to visit MSC Virtuosa, P&O Cruises’ Iona or Fred Olsen’s Borealis on the final day.
Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland managing director, said: “Our 2024 conference will be our biggest yet, with more ships, an extended land programme on offer, as well as the optional training day for agents just starting out on their cruise sales journey. “The first-hand insight agent’s gain from ship visits is unbeatable, while the networking opportunities on offer over the event will be invaluable. We can’t wait to welcome partners from across the trade once again.”