P&O Cruises today announced the appointment of Gabby Oliver as a dedicated Business Development Manager for New Zealand coinciding with the line’s record 2018 season of sailings from Auckland.
Ms Oliver will work closely with P&O Cruises’ National Key Account Manager Belinda Clark and be responsible for helping to excite and educate New Zealand trade about P&O’s modern cruise holiday offering.
No stranger to cruising, Oliver was previously a travel agent for Cruiseabout New Zealand and prior to that an onboard photographer for P&O Cruises UK during which time she completed a World Cruise, visited the Northern Lights in Norway and sailed through the Mediterranean and Americas.
“I’m an adventurous Kiwi girl who lives to travel and travels to live. Travelling is my passion and I’m excited to be working with the P&O Cruises team to expand its modern cruise holiday offering and grow the new-to-cruise segment in New Zealand,” Ms Oliver said.
P&O Cruises Vice President Sales and Marketing Australia and New Zealand Ryan Taibel said the new appointment comes at a pivotal time for the brand which recently welcomed a newly refurbished Pacific Jewel to the market where she will be based until August this year.
“Gabby has an excellent understanding of the cruise industry and the needs and interests of the trade in New Zealand and has lots of energy and passion for the P&O Cruises brand. She will play an integral role in continuing to reaffirm our commitment to the market and sharing the unique story of New Zealand’s only home-ported cruise brand,” Mr Taibel said.
Ms Oliver replaces P&O Cruises Business Development Manager Richard Waugh who supported the New Zealand market for the past few months. Mr Waugh will continue to focus his efforts on Queensland, Australia.