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New Zealand maritime industry stalwart Craig Harris has been inducted into cruising’s Hall of Fame  at the 21st Cruise Industry Awards for Australasia, recognising his leadership role in the industry for more than four decades.

In front of more than 500 guests at a gala celebration in Sydney hosted by Cruise Lines International Association  (CLIA) on Saturday, Mr Harris was announced as the 18th member of the Hall of Fame by Ben Angell, the Chairman of  CLIA in Australasia and Vice President & Managing Director of Norwegian Cruise Line APAC.

“Craig has not only shaped but significantly advanced the cruise sector in our region,” Mr Angell said. “He is  synonymous with innovation, dedication, and leadership, and his efforts have been pivotal in transforming New  Zealand into a premier cruise destination,” he said. “He exemplifies the very essence of this award, encouraging us all  to strive for excellence and to make a lasting difference in the world of cruising.”

As the New Zealand Managing Director for ISS-Mckay Ltd since 2008, Mr Harris has been responsible for facilitating smooth cruise operations throughout the country as a provider of port agency and maritime services. Having founded  Cruise New Zealand in 1994, he has fostered collaborations between ports, cruise operators, and the local tourism  sector, opening new doors for the industry around the country.

His other accolades have included becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and receiving the 2012  Horwath HTL Sir Jack Newman Award for outstanding leadership in the New Zealand tourism industry.

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) Regional Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific David Pratt paid tribute to Mr Harris and his contribution to the industry.

“Craig’s knowledge and drive and support to the cruise industry is recognised globally,” Mr Pratt said. “Tirelessly  working to maximise the community, passenger, vessel experience as well as crew welfare whilst in port, he has  openly shared his knowledge and passion for the industry and helped forge the career paths and success of many.”

CLIA Managing Director in Australasia Joel Katz said Mr Harris was a dedicated ambassador for New Zealand’s cruise  industry.

“Craig’s expertise stems from his seafaring background, and it has enriched vessel operations and passenger  experiences across New Zealand,” Mr Katz said. “His legacy is an inspiration to us all, and his contributions will  continue to shape the New Zealand cruise industry for generations to come.”

CLIA’s 21st Cruise Industry Awards were held at Sydney’s Star Event Centre on Saturday March 9, where a total of 18 awards were presented to travel agents and other members of the Australasian cruise community.