Little elected CLIA Australasia Chairman

2024-06-28T17:40:18+00:00 June 28th, 2024|Appointments|

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that Carnival’s Senior Vice President and Country Manager, Peter Little, has been elected new Australasian Chairman.

Little takes over from Norwegian Cruise Line APAC Vice President & Managing Director, Ben Angell, who has concluded his two-year term as the head of CLIA’s Australasian Board.

CLIA Australasia Managing Director, Joel Katz said Little would provide important stewardship at a time when the resurgent cruise industry was working hard to cement its long term success.

“Peter is a respected industry leader who has been integral to the strength of the Australian cruise sector for many years,” Katz said.

“He has shouldered responsibility for a very broad and complex range of maritime operations throughout his career and commands a great deal of admiration from across the cruise fraternity.”

“It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed CLIA Australasia Chair,” Little said.

“The role of CLIA is crucial to steering the industry’s path to the future. CLIA’s leadership and advocacy functions across the sector are vital to securing the benefits cruise tourism delivers across the economies of Australasia.”

Katz added: “Ben Angell has brought his considerable energy and enthusiasm to CLIA at a time when our industry has shone like never before.

“He has not only presided over our organisation during cruising’s rapid revival in Australasia but has also taken a hands-on role in building the strength and membership of CLIA across this region. We are grateful for his guidance, and he will continue to play an important role in CLIA’s success into the future,” he said.

As Australasian Chairman, Little leads an Executive Committee that also comprises Stuart Allison (Senior Vice President – Asia/Pacific, UK & Europe, Princess Cruises), Ben Angell (Vice President & Managing Director, Norwegian Cruise Line APAC), Lynne Clarke (Chairman, MSC Cruises Australia), Deb Corbett (CEO Asia/Pacific, PONANT), Andrew Millmore (Executive Chairman, Travel the World Group, representing Windstar and Virgin Voyages), Gavin Smith (Vice President & Managing Director Australia, Royal Caribbean Cruises), and Jason Worth (Vice President, International Sales, Oceania Cruises).

In addition, industry leaders paid tribute to cruise pioneer, PONANT’s Sarina Bratton who steps down from CLIA’s Australasian Board after almost three decades of service.

Bratton is a past CLIA Australasia Chairman and founder of its predecessor, the International Cruise Council of Australasia, which she helped establish in 1996.

At CLIA’s recent Australasian Annual General Meeting, the regional leaders of key CLIA cruise lines thanked Bratton, who is the Global Strategic Advisor and Honorary Chairwoman Asia/Pacific for luxury exploration line, PONANT, for her service.