Cruise

Royal Caribbean names new sales boss for Australia and NZ

Royal Caribbean International has announced the appointment of Dave Humphreys as its new director of sales across Australia and New Zealand.

Humphreys joins Royal Caribbean from Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, where he was deputy general manager and head of commercial.

He began his career in Western Australia running his own niche event marketing and strategy consultancy. Humphreys then joined RAC Arena in Perth, heading up the commercial team before being promoted to deputy general manager.

In his new role, Humphreys will lead Royal Caribbean’s strategic account, key account and district sales teams, and will be based at the cruise line’s Sydney office.

He replaces Peter McCormack, who was brought out of retirement at the end of 2019 to lead Royal Caribbean’s local sales team. McCormack will remain on the team to help onboard Humphreys until late May, before retiring.

Gavin Smith, vice president and managing director of Royal Caribbean for Australia and New Zealand, said: “We’re excited to have Dave at the helm of our sales team at an important time of growth and rejuvenation in the industry.

“His passion, energy, commercial acumen and deep knowledge of tourism will no doubt take our travel partner relationships to new heights.”

Commenting on his appointment, Humphreys said: “I’m looking forward to meeting our travel partners and to supporting and empowering them to build back stronger.

“With such a stellar team alongside me, we’ll build on our solid relationships in the industry and continue to set the standard for our guests and partners.

“I’m overwhelmed by the number of Australians and New Zealanders who say they can’t wait for their next Royal Caribbean experience. It is a very exciting time for our team and our travel partners to bring these incredible holidays back to our guests.”

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

Alan Joyce issues “hermit state” warning, as Budget papers confirm grim international travel forecast

Qantas’ October timeline for the restart of international flights is looking a lot more precarious now following last night’s Federal Budget reveal.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

CLIA creates new avenue for agents to lobby politicians on Australia’s cruise restart

Have your numerous attempts to highlight the plight of cruising to your local MP fallen on deaf ears? Help has arrived.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Cunard’s Katrina McAlpine

Cunard’s commercial director had plenty to share during her catch-up with Travel Weekly, including how she once saw a koala walk out of a bar.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

British Airways staff (not actors) front airline’s first ad campaign since 2019

Got a minute to spare? Grab a cuppa and watch British Airways’ snazzy new ad starring the airline’s very own colleagues.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Health Minister says international travel “an incentive” for Aussies to get vaccinated

Got a few clients who desperately want to venture overseas, but aren’t keen on getting the jab? We highly recommend sharing this article with them.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Federal Budget “unlikely” to deliver major benefits for agents: AFTA

Were you counting on a big cash splash from the government this Federal Budget? Well, AFTA has warned not to get too excited ahead of tonight’s big reveal.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Princess Cruises restructures local sales team

Does your Princess Cruises BDM suddenly happen to have a new name and hairdo? Free yourself of confusion with this update.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

New flight tracking tech sheds fresh light on MH370 mystery

New research suggests the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a series of turns to escape detection before plunging the plane into the Indian Ocean.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourist narrowly avoids death after glass-bottomed bridge shatters

What do you get when a 100-metre-high glass suspension bridge is hit with gale-force winds? This terrifying incident.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

The Star lobs merger offer at rival Crown to create $12bn tourism and entertainment giant

by Huntley Mitchell

The Star faces some competition, however, from a private equity firm that wants to take over Crown (which, FYI, has also just hired a new CEO).

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Borders to stay shut until at least 2022, says Treasurer

Meanwhile, ScoMo reckons Australians don’t have the “appetite” for international travel. What an absolute load of bollocks.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

New Zealand welcomes back travellers from NSW following 48-hour pause

After being left in limbo for two days, NSW travellers have been given the green light from New Zealand to grab their suitcase and head to the airport.

Share

CommentComments