AmaWaterways' Alex Pinelo and Oceania Cruises' Nikki Upshaw are the new chair and vice chair, respectively, for Cruise Lines International Association's North American Trade Relations Committee.

Pinelo is VP sales at AmaWaterways and Upshaw is SVP sales at Oceania Cruises. Pinelo was previously vice chair, serving alongside former Chair Camille Olivere, who is leaving her Norwegian Cruise Line job as SVP strategic sales & trade partnerships.

The Trade Relations Committee is comprised of CLIA member line sales and marketing leaders. Every line is represented on the committee, with each is entitled to one seat.

Serving US and Canadian travel advisors

Working together with CLIA leadership to serve US and Canadian travel agencies and travel advisors, the committee receives regular updates from CLIA on industry affairs and North American travel trade membership and professional development matters. The committee also provides counsel and support and creates task forces as it deems appropriate.

‘We are thrilled to have Alex and Nikki leading the CLIA Trade Relations Committee. Their longstanding commitment to the travel agent community is unwavering and they offer a diverse perspective as ocean and river cruising leaders,’ said Charles Sylvia, VP industry and trade relations, CLIA.