Hurtigruten Appoints Robert Cao as Global Director, Charter & Incentive Sales

Industry expert to launch new Charter & Incentive sales channel

SEATTLE, WA - January 22, 2019 – Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, has appointed Robert Cao as their new Global Director of Charter & Incentive Sales. He is based in Miami and a member of the America’s leadership team, reporting through Hurtigruten Americas President, William Harber.

For Hurtigruten, Cao will oversee the successful sales and delivery of full-ship charters, as well as incentive programs and on-site corporate experiences on the company’s state-of-the-art expedition ships.

Cao has over 30 years of sales experience, including 20 in the cruise industry, most recently from a successful career with prestigious Landry & Kling Global Cruise Events, true trailblazers and one of the world’s leading companies focusing on cruise industry meetings and events. He served in prior roles as Charter, Groups & Incentive Sales Director USA for Club Med; as Mexico Country Sales Director for Club Med; and as International Sales Manager for NCL and Orient Lines.

“Robert is a global sales resource and we’re pleased to welcome him on board as Hurtigruten’s new Global Director. He brings incredible experience, creativity, and drive, and I’m excited to see how we can expand our Charter & Incentive business in collaboration with shipboard and shoreside teams,” notes William Harber.

Hurtigruten has 125 years of know-how and provides immersive experiences to some of the world’s most pristine and remote destinations, including Antarctica, Alaska, Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard, and more. Among Hurtigruten’s many charter opportunities, three stand-out itineraries include the 10-day Svalbard Voyage – In the Realm of the Polar Bear, the 9-day West Coast Highlights – San Diego to Vancouver, and the 8-day Northeast U.S. and Atlantic Canada – Fall Foliage Discovery.

“Hurtigruten is the most innovative and experienced expedition cruise operator in the world. I’m thrilled to work with an organization that places such an emphasis on exploring new destinations aboard state-of-the-art vessels. This is the beginning of a great new adventure for me,” says Cao.

For more information, please contact:

Holly Winter
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
+1 305 443 5454
[email protected]

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ABOUT HURTIGRUTEN

Hurtigruten is the world leader in exploration travel. As the largest cruise operator in polar waters, and with 125 years of know-how, we offer immersive experiences to some of the world’s most pristine and remote destinations, including Antarctica, Alaska, Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard, and more. Hurtigruten’s fleet consists of 14 expedition ships, custom built for adventure travel. In addition, three new groundbreaking ships will be delivered; MS Roald Amundsen in 2019, MS Fridtjof Nansen in 2020, and a third new build in 2021. These will be the most advanced and environmentally friendly expedition vessels at sea, as well as the world’s first hybrid electric-powered cruise ships. Hurtigruten is an industry leader in sustainability, with a deep commitment to improving the marine environments we call home.

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