Tourism & Cruises

Cruise industry group leaving Fort Lauderdale

The Cruise Lines International Association, which has offices in Arlington, Va. and Fort Lauderdale, announced Wednesday it will no longer have a presence in South Florida starting in spring of next year.

In a statement, the trade group said it will consolidate its U.S. offices in Washington, D.C. Workers in Arlington will move to the new office in mid-January.

CLIA did not say how many employees would lose their jobs, but said that some staffers in Florida have been asked to consider moving to Washington, while others will work remotely and others will no longer have jobs with the association.

“I have a great appreciation and regard for our Fort Lauderdale team and their dedication to our members,” CLIA president and CEO Christine Duffy said in the statement. “CLIA will be providing support to them throughout this transition.”

Duffy said that while the association has expanded globally, it will better serve members by bringing all its functions — lobbying, communications, travel agent member support and more — into one office.

The group also announced that it had hired Cindy D’Aoust as executive vice president of membership and operations. D’Aoust, most recently chief operations officer at Meeting Professionals International, will oversee the consolidation as well as the tasks that were based in Fort Lauderdale.