ICCA night of nights

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A 2011 NZ ICCA Award winners Lisa Wilkinson with Phil Hoffmann and Silversea Cruises GM Karen Christensen 2011 ICCA Awards winners – Australia Lisa Wilkinson with Roland Kautzky – Cruiseabout Port Melbourne and Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry 2011 ICCA Award winners The Australian and New Zealand cruise industry gathered at the Hilton in Sydney on Saturday night to celebrate their top achievers at the International Cruise Council Australasia’s annual awards dinner. Hosted by Nine Network television presenter Lisa Wilkinson, the event was attended by 420 guests making it the largest cruise industry awards night in Australian history. ICCA chairman Gavin Smith shared his thoughts on the Costa Concordia tragedy earlier this year and the impact it has had on the cruise industry worldwide.“The short term impact on our industry has been felt around the world, with the human cost still to be determined. The longer term impact of course is yet to be understood,” Mr Smith said. “Australia and New Zealand more than any other market has gotten back to business recording record bookings in subsequent weeks. This has not been the experience in other markets around the world.”Mr Smith went on to acknowledge the work of travel agents in the substantial growth of cruise in the Australasian region.“The local cruise industry is expanding rapidly and the travel agent community has played a key role in this growth.”CLIA President & CEO Christine Duffy (originally scheduled to attend the event) presented via video link up from Washington DC and highlighted the importance of safety within the industry.“Safety is the cruise industry’s number one priority. Quite simply it is absolutely essential to our business nothing is more important.”“I am proud that cruising has always been one of the very safest recreational industries globally.”The partnership between the ICCA and their sister organisation in the U.S. was also a focal point, with Mr Smith re-iterating his comments from late last year about the current position of the organisation in Australia and New Zealand. “We were stranded in our current role as an industry trainer and educator, a motivator of travel consultants.” Mr Smith said in reference to the position the ICCA had during the Costa Concordia disaster.“It’s not yet our role to take a lead in such matters as commentators or spokespeople, despite the energy that came from our AGM.”Winners on the night included industry icon, Phil Hoffman, who accepted the Neil Frazer Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to a rousing standing ovation.“It’s been a great journey and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Mr Hoffman said. “We’re so lucky as an industry to have so many great companies bringing out great products yearly. Every week I fall in love with a new cruise and want to go on one. I still love it as much as the day I started and hope to love it for another 20 years.”Australian Cruise Agency of the Year went to Bicton Travel from Western Australia who accepted their award for the second year running with Cruiseabout Turramurra (NSW) and Phil Hoffman Travel Glenelg (SA) accepting the Silver and Bronze awards respectively. The complete list of winners is detailed below:Cruise Agency of the Year – AustraliaGOLD: Bicton Travel: Bicton WASILVER: Cruiseabout: Turramurra NSWBRONZE: Phil Hoffmann Travel: Glenelg SACruise Consultant of the Year – AustraliaRoland Kautzky: Cruiseabout, Port Melbourne VICRising Star – AustraliaJamii-Lee Alpen: Ozcruising, Phillip ACTAgency Promotion of the Year – AustraliaJust Cruises, Brisbane QLD “Cruise Sale Week”Network Promotion of the Year – Australasia               Mondo Travel (New Zealand) “Cruise Day Out”Neil Frazer AwardPhil HoffmannCruise Agency of the Year – New ZealandGOLD: iCruise: AucklandSILVER: Lets Cruise: AucklandBRONZE: Cruise Republic: AucklandCruise Consultant of the Year – New Zealand  Sue Grigg: Cruiseabout Ponsonby Rising Star – New ZealandHelen Mahoney: Lets Cruise AucklandAgency Promotion of the Year – New Zealand                        Manly United Travel “APT River Cruise Group Promotion”Media AwardRobert Upe, The Age Newspaper: “To sea on an iron maiden” – Queen ElizabethClick here for more photos from the event last_img