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Hurtigruten appoints Cruise Professionals as exclusive GSA for India and Sri Lanka to fuel market growth for exploration travel

Effective February 2017, Hurtigruten has appointed Cruise Professionals as the exclusive GSA for India & Sri Lanka with a view to grow revenue opportunities and establish wider distribution in these two markets. By enhancing their commitment in India & Sri Lanka, the management of both companies aim to make Hurtigruten a major exploration cruise brand in India with significant growth in the years ahead.

Established in 1893, Hurtigruten is the world leader in adventureandactive explorer trips in Norwegian, Arctic and Antarctic waters, with its current fleet of 14 vessels, which are equipped with contemporary amenities for guest comfort. Keeping with its maritime history, Hurtigruten offers the most in depth and range of cultural adventures and onshore excursions along the Norwegian coast. In addition, global expansion plans continue to spread across key expedition cruise regions of Antarctica, South America, Canadian High Arctic, Greenland,Iceland, and Svalbard.

Cruise Professionals is one of the few cruise representation companies in India that focuses on the premium segment of the industry and their primary distribution is through B2B channels. Established in 2008, Cruise Professionals brings revenue generating opportunities closer to travel agencies who in turn, offer a diverse and rich mix of cruise products to their HNI clients. Cruise Professionals broad product offering is geared to suit every conceivable taste, price preference and target market, including contemporary, premium, ultra-luxury, and now the exploratory and experiential cruising.

Recognizing the need for a concentrated brandand product development strategy to service India and Sri Lanka, William Harber, Hurtigruten’s President for China & Asia-Pacific says, “Our partnership with Cruise Professionals will enable the rapid expansion of our exploration cruising and coastal Norway products. This association leverages Cruise Professionals’expertise in managing distribution. Their operating model and strengths in sales and marketing will deepen current relationships andcreate future trade arrangements across India and Sri Lanka.”

Nishith Saxena, Founder & Director of Cruise Professionalssays, “Hurtigruten and Cruise Professionals association has come at a time when a large section of Indian travelers are seeking a different experience that goes beyond the normal cruising options. We shall make Hurtigruten easy for the travel agent to sell and deliver a complete solution for adventurous travelersby educating the trade about these unique voyages offered to some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations.”

Hurtigruten and Cruise Professionals wish to acknowledge the efforts of the current agents and sub-agents of Hurtigruten in India. All existing Hurtigruten bookings will continue as normal. After March 31, 2017, new bookings shall be booked and managed via the Cruise Professionals office which can be accessed by calling 1800-103-0306 or writing to helpdesk@cruiseprofessionals.in