CLIA UK & Ireland has revealed that its 2024 conference will be held from 23-25 May in Southampton.
The conference, the largest annual travel agent event of its kind in Europe and the 16th to take place, 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 to visit over consecutive days, from a selection of six in total.
An optional ‘New to Selling Cruise Day’ has also been added on 22 May, following a successful launch in 2023.
The first day of the event will comprise conference sessions and trade fair. 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, and the option of MSC Virtuosa, P&O Cruises’ Iona or Fred Olsen’s Borealis on the final day.
Four of the ships available are appearing for the first time at a CLIA Conference.
2024 conference ‘biggest yet’ for CLIA
CLIA UK & Ireland MD Andy Harmer 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.
“As holidays at sea continue to flourish, we’re excited to confirm our popular conference mainstays will again take place, including the trade fair and celebratory evening event.
“The first-hand insight agents gain from ship visits is unbeatable, while the networking opportunities on offer over the event will be invaluable.”
Registration for the conference will open shortly and details of the theme and keynote speakers will be announced in due course.