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October 11, 2016
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Roundup: Landry & Kling’s MICE Cruise Partner of the Year, London & Partners CEO Steps Down




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Landry & Kling’s MICE Cruise Partner of the Year, the CEO of London & Partners’ decision to step down and a new head of corporate and incentive sales for the Americas at Silversea are the three meetings and events industry headlines to follow today. 

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Named Landry&Kling’s MICE Cruise Line Partner of the Year

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), parent company of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, has been named the winner of Landry & Kling’s first “MICE Cruise Line Partner of the Year” award. 

Landry & Kling said the inspiration for the award came when the company realized it had booked charters on all three NCLH brands in 2016. 

Landry & Kling Co-ounders Joyce Landry & Jo Kling presented a commemorative award to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ executives: Katina Athanasiou, VP charters, meetings and incentives, and Lisette Martinez, director of sales operations and services, charters, meetings & incentives. 

In all, Landry & Kling booked 5 MICE charters on NCLH in 2016. The Regent Seven Seas Mariner was chartered for a seven-night corporate incentive program in Alaska, while Oceania’s Riviera was chartered for eight nights, which the company split into two corporate incentive cruises of four nights each, sailing the Caribbean between Miami and San Juan. Norwegian Getaway was chartered for 40 nights as a floating hotel to provide supplemental housing during the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the Norwegian Pearl was chartered for a four-night music festival “buy-in” cruise to Jamaica for music fans. Finally, the Norwegian Escape was chartered to a three-night cruise to the Bahamas on behalf of HelmsBriscoe, the company’s strategic partner, whose corporate client requested a motivating incentive program for over 4,000 qualifiers. 

freddy mullerFreddy I. Muller to Head Corporate Sales in the Americas for Silversea

In other cruise charter news, Silversea has named Freddy I. Muller as its new vice president of corporate and incentive sales for the Americas. 

Muller will be responsible for overseeing the line's corporate and incentive business and strengthening relationships with meeting and incentive travel partners throughout the Americas. He will be based in the company's Miami office, reporting to Mark Conroy, managing director for the Americas.

Muller held a previous position with Silversea as director of charter and incentive sales for six years. He began his career in group sales at Celebrity Cruises, and brings over 23 years of incentive sales and marketing experience within the global travel industry, most recently as director, charters, meetings and incentives at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. He also brings corporate and group incentive sales experience from Kerzner International, Club Med, and Miami Air International

London & Partners CEO Gordon Innes Steps Down

Finally, in destination news, Gordon Innes, CEO of London destination marketing organization London & Partners, has decided to move on after five years in the role. 

Innes joined London & Partners in 2011, shortly after the company was formed, following the merger of VisitLondon, ThinkLondon and StudyLondon. He will leave the company at the end of this week to take up a private sector role in New York City. 

The search for a new CEO is underway, led by London & Partners’ Chairman, and Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise, Rajesh Agrawal. It will include a global search to be carried out by Odgers Berndtson. In the interim, the role of CEO will be filled by Andrew Cooke, the company’s COO and deputy chief executive.

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