TORONTO — Hurtigruten Americas says it has significantly increased its presence in the Canadian travel trade market with greater support and outreach.
Hurtigruten Americas, which handles both Hurtigruten Expeditions and Hurtigruten Norway, has more than doubled its Canadian sales team with three new additions.
Émilie Giguère, Jake Rogers, and Carmen Wakileh recently joined the Canadian sales team alongside Kristin Erz, Sales Director (Canada) and Carly Biggart, VP Sales (Americas).
Says Erz: “We are so excited to have these three amazing talents join Hurtigruten as we will truly be able to focus much more on the Canadian small-ship cruise and adventure travel market. Their expertise and background will make us stronger and more competitive in this important market where we see nothing but mutual sales growth opportunities with our partners.”
She adds: “We know our Canadian guests love the Hurtigruten experience and brand, and we cannot wait to bring that to more Canadian travelers through our travel advisor partners. And for our French Canadian partners, we have almost 50 French-escort sailings through 2024 across a variety of destinations that you can offer your clients.”
Here’a look at the new additions…
Jake Rogers, BDM, Western Canada
Based in Kelowna, Rogers supports B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He got his start in the tourism industry in his native Australia, and brings more than a decade of experience in travel and tourism, most recently working with Rezgo and Air New Zealand. His first experience with Hurtigruten Expeditions was Alaska. He can be reached at (604) 817-9717 and email@example.com.
Émilie Giguère, BDM, Eastern Canada
Giguère is based just outside of Montreal supporting Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador. She comes with 20 years of experience in the travel industry, most recently working with Tahiti Tourisme North America and Princess Cruises, and Cunard Line. Her first experience with Hurtigruten Expeditions is the Galapagos Islands. She can be reached at (514) 212-4762 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carmen Wakileh, Inside Sales Representative, Canada
Wakileh is based in Toronto supporting the Canadian sales team. She brings 18 years of travel industry experience to the table, including inside sales roles at Transat and ACV. Her first experience with Hurtigruten Expeditions will be an itinerary including Iceland, Greenland and Canada. She can be reached at email@example.com.