Kelly Craighead
Kelly Craighead

The Cruise Lines International Assn. has recruited Kelly Craighead, who was deputy assistant secretary for travel/tourism in the Commerce Dept., as president effective Jan. 1.

She takes over for Cindy D’Aoust, who had annouced plans to step down by the end of the year.

Craighead was responsible for coordination of federal travel and tourism policies, advocacy and outreach to the private sector.

The CLIA notes that she led initiatives that generated more than $250B in revnues from foreign visitors.

Prior to working in the Commerce Dept., Craighead served as deputy assistant to president Clinton and was active in the “Save America’s Treasures” program geared to preserving historic building, arts and published works.

CLIA represents more than 50 cruise lines that account for 95 percent of global capacity.