In the coming year, Cruise Lines International Association will close all satellite U.S. office to consolidate operations in Washington, D.C. "With the globalization of CLIA, we have added new capabilities and expanded our resources in various parts of the world to support a growing cruise industry," said Christine Duffy, CLIA president and CEO, in a statement. "To better serve our members, CLIA will bring all functions under one roof in Washington, D.C." The move means closing the Arlington, Va., office, which focused on advocacy, technical and regulatory affairs, communications and organizational operations; and the Fort Lauderdale office, which supported travel-agent members and executive partners.
CLIA also has hired Cindy D'Aoust, above, as its executive vice president of membership and operations. D'Aoust leaves Meeting Professionals International tomorrow, after serving more than two years as its COO. The CLIA Arlington staff will relocate to a new office in Washington, D.C., in mid-January, while operations in Fort Lauderdale will conclude in the spring, with some staff members transferring north, some working remotely and others moving on. "I have a great appreciation and regard for our Fort Lauderdale team and their dedication to our members. CLIA will be providing support to them throughout this transition," Duffy added.