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Fort Lauderdale, FL — January 14, 2012 — The Cruise Lines International Association is closely monitoring the situation with the Costa Concordia. The immediate focus is on attending to the incident at hand, and ensuring the safety and accounting for passengers and crew to the fullest extent possible. On behalf of the Global Cruise Ship Industry, we would also like to pay tribute to all those who worked tirelessly to evacuate the ship to help minimize casualties. CLIA would also like to reassure other cruise ship passengers that all CLIA member lines are subject to the highest safety standards around the world and according to international maritime requirements.
The nonprofit Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is
North America's largest cruise industry organization. CLIA represents
the interests of 26 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 16,000 travel agencies. For more information on CLIA, the
cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit
www.cruising.org. CLIA can also be followed on the Cruise Lines International Association's Facebook and Twitter fan pages.