Cruise

Crystal to shut down Australian office

Cruise line Crystal has announced the closure of its Australian office, located in Sydney, as it tries to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company said in a statement it has been taking both offensive and defensive measures, including a review of its business around the world to ensure it survives.

“These certainly are unprecedented times and it is with deep regret that we announce the closure of Crystal’s Sydney office,” said Karen Christensen (pictured above), senior vice president and managing director for Australasia at Crystal.

“I am so very proud of the team in the Australian office and what we have achieved in just over three years.”

The operational, as well as sales and marketing duties of Crystal’s Sydney office, will be transitioned to Genting Cruise Lines’ team in Sydney under the direction of Michael Goh, president of Dream Cruises and head of international sales for Genting Cruise Lines.

Christensen will remain with the company for a period of 90 days to assist with the transition.

“We want to thank our trade partners for their continuing support, as they have been incredibly supportive and truly share our passion for the World of Crystal, and we know they will be well taken care of by our colleagues at Crystal Asia,” Christensen said.

The move by Crystal comes shortly after Ensemble Travel Group decided to exit the local market due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, with CEO David Harris describing it as a “difficult business decision”.


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Tasmania reveals reopening date to Australia’s mainland

The Apple Isle is getting ready to throw open its borders, which is sure to have mainlanders throwing their hands up in the air and yelling ‘yahoo!’

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

International carriers set Aussie return dates, as Qantas brings forward overseas restart for Melbourne

The increased clarity around border openings as Australia’s vaccinated population grows has given overseas airlines the opportunity to set return dates, with a spate promising to return earlier than expected.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

WATCH: Destination NSW launches spectacular ‘Feel New’ campaign

Featuring some very flash TV spots, the campaign highlights the state’s natural and cultural offerings, and it’s pretty bloody captivating.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Intrepid to open “hybrid hotels” across Australia and NZ through new joint venture

Intrepid has taken its first step into the hospitality market with the promise of some pretty snazzy hybrid hotels. Wondering what the heck a hybrid hotel is? Find out here.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Austria: Where culture meets scenery

Whether your clients are eager to get their culture fix, strap on their hiking boots or race down the slopes, in Austria, they can get it all.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Helloworld’s revenue and TTV soar during September quarter

For full transparency, some of these financial figures are unaudited, but let’s not let that take away from Helloworld’s strong recovery.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

ScoMo says Australia-Singapore travel bubble to form “within the next week or so”

Our editor is loving this bubble talk so much that he’s decided to celebrate by having a bubble bath while enjoying a bubble tea.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas to launch Sydney-Dehli route, moves start date forward for select overseas flights

The national carrier also said it plans to bring back around 11,000 stood-down workers a whopping six months earlier than expected.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Golden Horizon, the world’s biggest sailing ship, cancels its Aussie debut

Tradewind Voyages is the latest cruise line to axe its Aussie sailings after growing tired of waiting for the federal government to get its sh*t together.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Flight Centre-owned DMC Discova recruits new global marketing manager

The destination management company has Discova-d its new global marketing manager. Get it? (Sorry, that was a pretty cringeworthy effort).

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Four must-dos in Flanders

With charming cities, a rich history and artistic masterpieces (not to mention an unparalleled beer culture), there’s a lot to love about the northern Belgium region.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

WA lets slip plan to mandate COVID-19 jabs for all interstate travellers

Mark McGowan has been forced to do a bit of explaining after WA’s health department appeared to accidentally release details of its mandatory vaccine plan for all interstate visitors.

Share

CommentComments