New RCL Aus­tralia head

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ROYAL Car­ib­bean Cruises (RCL) has re­vealed that Gavin Smith will re­turn to his for­mer role of Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Aus­tralia and New Zealand, re­plac­ing Su­san Bon­ner who de­parts af­ter hold­ing the po­si­tion since Jun 2018.

Smith first served in the role from Dec 2008 to Mar 2013, be­fore mov­ing on to be­come Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of In­ter­na­tional for Royal Car­ib­bean Cruises, where he was charged with driv­ing growth across Europe, the Asia Pa­cific, Latin Amer­ica and the Mid­dle East.

As lo­cal MD, Smith will be tasked with de­liv­er­ing fur­ther growth for Royal Car­ib­bean Int’l (RCI), Celebrity and Aza­mara.

“No one is more pas­sion­ate about the Aus­tralia and New Zealand mar­kets than Gavin, and we are ex­cited to wel­come him back to his home mar­ket af­ter a suc­cess­ful term lead­ing our in­ter­na­tional team,” RCI CEO Michael Bay­ley said.

Smith’s re­turn to Aus­tralia sees Bon­ner move back to Mi­ami to lead a “new strate­gic project” for the Celebrity Cruises brand.

Dur­ing her stint in Aus­tralia, Bon­ner was vo­cal about the ca­pac­ity con­straints fac­ing the Aussie mar­ket, and the need to cater for larger ships, an is­sue she re­ferred to as “the big ship chal­lenge” (CW 13 Sep 2018).

“I want to thank Su­san for her con­tri­bu­tions to the Aus­tralian and New Zealand re­gion and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing her back to our Mi­ami cam­pus,” Bay­ley said.

Smith boasts more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the travel sec­tor, in­clud­ing as Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager for Jet­set Trav­el­world, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of P&O Cruises Aus­tralia, and Pres­i­dent of Car­ni­val Aus­tralia.

RCL said Smith’s ap­point­ment is ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

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