NEW boss for Cruise Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

NICK Hor­tle is the new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) of Cruise Whit­sun­days, tak­ing over this week from Peter O’Reilly.

Mr Hor­tle moved to the Whit­sun­days to take on the role and is a for­mer CEO of Cap­tain Cook Cruises based in Syd­ney.

He said he was look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the Whit­sun­days com­mu­nity and wanted the com­pany to op­er­ate the best ferry ser­vice in Aus­tralia.

He is keen on fit­ness, com­plet­ing his eighth City to Surf event in Syd­ney this year and is also a dinghy sailor.

Mr Hor­tle said he wanted to bring proper value to the amal­ga­ma­tion of the for­mer Fan­tasea busi­ness and Cruise Whit­sun­days and it was im­por­tant to pro­vide a re­li­able and ef­fi­cient ser­vice to the pas­sen­gers and the com­mu­nity.

Cruise Whit­sun­days has a new timetable start­ing to­day (see page 18) which in­cludes an ex­tra ser­vice to Hamil­ton Is­land to ac­com­mo­date the ex­tra Vir­gin flight from Melbourne.

The com­pany has re­cently taken de­liv­ery of two new fer­ries – King­fish and Co­bia.

A for­mer Fan­tasea ves­sel has also been re-built and re-named and is now op­er­at­ing as Sea­horse.

Mr O’Reilly, who was at the head of Cruise Whit­sun­days for 12 months, said it had been a “fan­tas­tic year of change here with the busi­ness dou­bling over- night and try­ing to get con­trol of that”.

“We’ve spent about $10mil­lion on new ves­sels in that time so it’s been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence to be in­volved with that.”

Mr O’Reilly did not con­firm his fu­ture plans but said he was hop­ing to stay in the re­gion and was en­joy­ing spend­ing time with his fam­ily.

Cruise Whit­sun­days will also have a new gen­eral man­ager of op­er­a­tions, Gary Kilby, who will start in Septem­ber

Mr Kilby is cur­rently part of the man­age­ment team on Hamil­ton Is­land and un­til 2007, he worked for Fan­tasea Cruises.

FRESH FACE: New CEO of Cruise Whit­sun­days Nick Hor­tle with Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Chris Jacobs.

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