CLIA UK & Ireland has appointed Royal Caribbean Cruises Vice President EMEA Ben Bouldin as its new chairman.
Mr Bouldin will take over the role from Princess Cruises’ VP UK and Europe Tony Roberts, who has been in the post for three years.
He has been appointed on a two-year basis and will start later this month. He will work alongside the CLIA team to support its membership of almost 4,000 travel agencies and more than 50 cruise lines as cruising resumes in the UK and beyond.
CLIA UK & Ireland Managing Director Andy Harmer said: “We are delighted to announce that Ben will take on the position of chair. His expertise and influence will ensure the cruise industry continues to lead the way as opportunities to travel further open up.
“We want to thank Tony for his incredible hard work and strategic direction during the past three years, which has helped steer CLIA and the wider industry through the most challenging period in its history.”
Mr Bouldin said: “Over the last year, the industry has experienced unprecedented challenges, but by innovating and adapting, we have shown how strong we are. It is now more important than ever that we continue to drive the industry forward as we begin cruising again in the UK and globally.”