WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - December 05, 2016) - Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Tom Fecke will join the organization on January 3, 2017 as Secretary General, CLIA Europe. Fecke will be responsible for managing the European region and will play a key part in strategically implementing CLIA Global programs across Europe.
A seasoned professional in the travel industry, Fecke began his career as a travel agent. He holds a degree as master of business administration and had various management roles with Galileo/Travelport and Avis Rent-a-Car. For more than eight years he worked for RCL Cruises as a regional General Manager. In this capacity, he led the German, Austrian and Swiss markets for multiple brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises.
In his previous role, Fecke served as Managing Director of the Travel Industry Club, the leading business club in Germany and Austria. With more than 800 members in 32 segments of the travel industry, he was responsible for connecting key decision makers and managing networking events across the leisure and business travel communities in order to enhance the significance of the travel industry.
"Tom's extensive experience in the travel industry makes him a welcome addition to our leadership team," said Cindy D'Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. "The European cruise market has seen impressive growth over the past few years and I look forward to working with Tom to ensure the future success of the cruise market throughout Europe."
Raphael Von Heereman who has been with CLIA since February 2015, will be transitioning out of his role as Secretary General, CLIA Europe early next year.
"During his time with CLIA Europe, Raphael has been invaluable member of our team and I thank him for his dedication and commitment during the last two years," said D'Aoust. "He brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the airline sector that helped us develop an effective advocacy program and I wish him success in his next chapter."
About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) - One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world's largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization's mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.