by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 01, 2015
Cruise Lines International Association has announced plans to close all satellite U.S. offices in the coming year and consolidate operations in Washington, D.C.

CLIA also has hired Cindy D'Aoust as its executive vice president of membership and operations. D'Aoust left Meeting Professionals International in early December, after serving more than two years as its chief operating officer.

"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, the organization's 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.

The CLIA Arlington staff will relocate to the nation's capital this month, while the Fort Lauderdale office will close in the spring, with some staff 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.

At press time, Duffy had just been named president of Carnival Cruise Lines. She will begin her new position on Feb. 1.