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Australian Cruise Association firms up 2024 executive hierarchy


Amid many challenges, there too are significant opportunities for the shoreside arm of the Australian cruise industry in 2024.

Australian Cruise Association CEO, Jill Abel.

The Australian Cruise Association (ACA), which works closely with tourism bodies, ports and businesses around Australia to develop their offerings for the cruising sector, has confirmed its 2024 Executive and Management Committees for the coming year.

Philip Holliday from the Port Authority of NSW will remain as Chairman for another year, joined in 2024 by Brendan Connell from Port of Brisbane, who steps up to Deputy Chair in replacement of Scott Lovett from Tourism NT, who steps down after two years in the role.

James Coughlan from Shorex Australia will retain the role of Treasurer.

Joining the Management Committee will be Andrew McKinnon from the South Australian Tourism Commission, who comes onboard as a new member for 2024. He will be joined by Kristy Little from Tasports, Shayne Murray from Cruise Broome and Karlie Cavanagh from Inchcape Shipping Services, all of whom were re-elected for an additional year.

ACA Chief Executive Officer, Jill Abel, expressed her sincere thanks and gratitude to Scott Lovett, who played a major role in the revitalisation of the industry as it emerged from pandemic-era restrictions.

“We are in a very exciting time for our industry as cruise continues to go from strength to strength,” Abel said.

“Our newly formed Executive and Management teams represent a range of organisations who can provide us with the deep expertise to take us into the future.”

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 3 October 2023

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