Leading international airline Emirates has signaled its commitment to Australia’s growing cruise industry by taking on the role of Gold Sponsor for the 2012 Cruise Industry Awards.
Presented by the International Cruise Council Australasia, the prestigious annual Cruise Industry Awards event recognises leading cruise travel consultants and agencies from across Australia and New Zealand.
ICCA General Manager Brett Jardine said he was delighted to welcome Emirates onboard as the Gold Sponsor of the 2012 Awards night, which will be held in Sydney on February 9, 2013.
“Emirates first joined the Council as an associate member in 2007 and, as our cruise line members will attest, has made a point of pro-actively working with the industry to carry Australian passengers to cruise ships around the world,” Mr Jardine said.
Emirates Vice President Australasia Barry Brown said the airline was pleased to further strengthen its relationship with the ICCA and to celebrate the achievements of those in the industry.
“With a route network that currently includes more than 120 destinations in over 70 countries, and a consistent global service proposition, Emirates is a natural partner for cruising operators worldwide,” Mr Brown said.
“In particular, the expansion of Emirates’ European network to more than 30 cities has allowed the airline to build stronger relationships with more cruise professionals, who appreciate the wider flight possibilities for connecting with a variety of European cruise itineraries, conveniently via one-stop in Dubai from Australia.
“With the growth of Dubai as a popular cruising destination for Australian travellers in its own right, we look forward to furthering our relationship with the Council in 2012, and supporting our partners as the industry continues to flourish,” Mr Brown said.
Source = Emirates