Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has elected Ben Angell as its new Chairman.
This followed the association’s annual general meeting in Sydney on 24th May.
Angell (pictured) is Vice President and Managing Director of Norwegian Cruise Line APAC and took over from Gavin Smith, Vice President and Managing Director Australia for Royal Caribbean Cruises, who ended his two-year term.
CLIA Australasia Managing Director, Joel Katz said that Angell was an accomplished industry leader who would offer invaluable experience at a time when the cruise sector was working to establish a new course for its future.
“Ben Angell has been a key leader in our industry for many years and has been highly successful in various executive roles not only within cruising but across the wider tourism and leisure sectors,” Katz said. “He will provide important stewardship for our industry as we work to strengthen our recovery, rebuild confidence in cruising and confront other challenges ahead of us.”
Angell said: “Cruising injects significant investment into our local economies while supporting communities and jobs, and I look forward to working closely with CLIA and our partners in the industry as we drive towards a future that’s brighter than ever.”
Angell now leads an Executive Committee that comprises – Stuart Allison (Senior Vice President – Asia/Pacific, UK & Europe, Princess Cruises), Sarina Bratton (Chairman Asia/Pacific, Ponant), Lynne Clarke (Chairman, MSC Cruises Australia), Marguerite Fitzgerald (President, Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises), Andrew Millmore (Executive Chairman, Travel the World Group, representing Windstar and Virgin Voyages), Steve Odell (Senior Vice President & Managing Director Asia/Pacific, Regent Seven Seas Cruises & Oceania Cruises), and Gavin Smith (Vice President & Managing Director Australia, Royal Caribbean Cruises).