Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has welcomed the findings of CLIA’s global annual State of the Cruise Industry report, showing that the region was one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world. “Cruising just keeps going from strength to strength down under and we look forward to another big year ahead,” Mr Jardine said. Source = CLIA CLIA Australasia General Manager Brett Jardine said the latest figures underlined the region’s important position on the world cruise scene. After its first successful year as a global association serving as the voice and advocate of the worldwide cruise industry, CLIA has increased its presence in Europe with additional associations established in German and Spain. Italy will follow later in 2014. The burgeoning Australian market has grown more than 130 per cent in the past five years, with only the Scandinavia and Finland region recording a higher growth rate (184 per cent). More details in the table on the following page. While North America remains the world’s biggest cruise market (55 per cent passenger source share), Australia is ranked in the top five with a 3.6 per cent market share.