NCL's Ben Angell and Damian Borg NCL's Ben Angell and Damian Borg

NCL to re-evaluate NZ presence

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will continue to support the New Zealand trade from its Sydney office in the meantime, but will re-evaluate the need for a local office as business builds back up.

Ben Angell, vice president and managing director NCL Asia Pacific, says the company continues to evaluate the situation across the whole region. The NZ office was a recent Covid casualty.

‘However, we provide strong support out of Sydney and we have connections with the trade here. That’s right for us at the moment but we’ll look again as things develop.’

Angell and Damian Borg, NCL director of sales Australia and NZ, have been visiting key partners here this week. They are also planning face-to-face activities here, including a possible replication of trade shows with Globus family of brands and Club Med that have been successful recently in Australia.

‘We’re meeting with trade here to discuss what works for them and come up with bespoke strategies that fit their particular needs. We’re not taking a once size fits all approach. So we intend to support the trade without a local rep at this time, but we’ll be here (from Australia) more frequently.

Borg says that while everybody is talking about the challenges in the sector it is also an extremely exciting time as cruise lines look forward to restarting in various markets. He says though NCL hopes to have local Australasian cruising operating from late December 2021, the line still sees itself very much as a fly-cruise product out of this market.

‘That’s a complex package to put together so we see the trade as being absolutely critical in the future.’

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