The Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) total revenue reached $26,853,544 for fiscal year 2015, according to the non-profit’s 990 Form, on file with the Internal Revenue Service.
The organization’s stated intent is to “promote the cruise industry,” and revenue rose from $25,952,361 in 2014, which was up from $16,929,526 in 2013.
CLIA’s 2015 990 form listed 28 cruise line executives as board members, each receiving no compensation and listed at spending two hours per week on organization activities.
At CLIA itself, Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, took home $467,986 in 2015 after she served as interim president for the latter half the year, after moving up from her post as executive vice president of membership and operations. She also received $39,912 in “other compensation.”
In 2014, Christine Duffy, president and CEO at the time before moving to Carnival Cruise Line, made a base salary of $1,081,489 in addition to a bonus of $400,000, and along with other benefits, had her total income from CLIA reported at $1,757,235.
Michael McGarry, listed as a senior VP, made a base salary of $283,631 in 2015, up from $274,434 the previous year, making him the second highest paid employee at the organization. McGarry also received $38,847 in other compensation.
Four out of five of CLIA’s highest compensated independent contractors were listed as consulting firms, and cost the organization $2,071,160. Leading these companies was Alcalde & Fay, which CLIA paid $1,372,260, and describes itself as “Washington’s premier independent advocacy resource,” on its website.
In addition, CLIA paid a San Diego based law firm, Kaye Rose & Partners LLP, $506,284 in legal fees. Total legal fees listed for the year were $808,925; lobbying expenses were listed at $1,449,728; and advertising and promotion expenses came in at $140,132.
Other items include $439,539 spent on information technology and $848,065 on travel.
The group spent $2,653,905 on conferences, conventions and meetings.
Other line items included membership expenses at $8,477,594 and research at $520,180. Total expenses were listed at $25,001,716.
CLIA took in $23,405,755 in membership dues, $2,494,417 from conferences and trade shows, and $106,654 from training, in addition to $40,000 from publications.