January 18, 2008

CLIA to Conduct Eductional Workshops at World Religious Travel Expo 2008


LITTLETON, Colorado (Jan. 17, 2008) – The World Religious Travel Association (WRTA) announced today that the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will conduct educational workshops at this fall’s World Religious Travel Expo. The timing is ideal, as faith-based cruising has become an influential segment of the growing $18 billion religious travel industry, with hundreds of faith-based groups embarking each year on cruises and full-ship charters carrying tens of thousands of travelers.

“As 75% of faith-based cruisers are first-timers, the religious market provides a tremendous new market opportunity,” said Kevin J. Wright, WRTA President. “With CLIA’s participation in the Expo, combined with the presence of cruise lines such as WRTA Charter Members Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line, travel agencies will discover first-hand how cruising can play a key role in appealing to and capitalizing on the robust, lucrative faith vacation segment.”

The World Religious Travel Expo & Educational Conference 2008 will be held Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2008 at the renowned Gaylord Palms Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. More than 400 participants are expected at this first-ever international convention for faith-tourism, hosted by the World Religious Travel Association.


About the World Religious Travel Association (WRTA)
The World Religious Travel Association (WRTA) is the leading network for shaping, enriching, and expanding the $18 billion global faith tourism industry. WRTA exists to bring the worldwide trade and North American religious consumer together for the primary purpose of promoting and providing quality travel experiences around the globe. As the source and voice for the religious travel industry, WRTA provides members opportunities to network, learn, contribute, and lead. WRTA embraces all segments of faith tourism: Pilgrimages, Missionary, Cruises, Leisure Conferences, Retreats, Destinations, Attractions, Christian Camps, Family, Student/Youth, Adventure and Volunteer Vacations. To learn more about the Association or become a member, visit www.religioustravelassociation.com or contact WRTA at 1-800-657-1288 or 360-778-3047. To attend or exhibit at the World Religious Travel Expo, register online at www.religioustravelexpo.com. To join the (newly launched) first online global community for faith tourism visit WRTA Social Network www.religioustravelnetwork.com, hosted by the World Religious Travel Association.

About CLIA
The nonprofit Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is North America’s largest cruise industry organization. CLIA represents the interests of 24 member lines and participates in the regulatory and policy development process while supporting measures that foster a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise vacations and counts as members 16,500 travel agencies. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit www.cruising.org.

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