Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed the expanded sales team that will
support travel partners in Canada.
“Part of our brand promise is 'Partners First,' which is simply our
commitment to invest in our agency partners' success, be easy to do business
with, and listen to our partners and take action. Today, I'm happy to say that
our 'Partners First' philosophy is also “Canada First," said Andy Stuart,
Norwegian Cruise Line President & COO.
As reported by Open
earlier this month, the Canadian team will be led by industry-veteran
Dana Gain, newly appointed National Director for Sales, who will oversee all
aspects of Norwegian's sales strategy in Canada. Gain will lead a team of 6
BDMs dedicated to growing the number of guests sourced from the Canadian market
and expanding the agency base partnering with Norwegian.
Gain has extensive experience in the cruise industry, most recently as
director of international sales for Carnival Cruise Line. “I am thrilled to be
a part of the Norwegian family and immensely proud of the team we've assembled
in Canada,“ said Gain. “We are ready to build closer, more effective
partnerships with our travel partners across Canada and share the exciting
marketing tools and training available for agents to grow their
Gain's team includes:
Mary-Jo Cutaia, named BDM for Western
Ontario. She is a 20+ year veteran of Norwegian Cruise Line.
Ian Smyth, who joins Norwegian as BDM for
Eastern Ontario. Smyth has spent the last 8 years as a sales representative for
WestJet and WestJet Vacations. Prior to his time at WestJet, Ian had been
a sales rep with Fun Sun Vacations.
Ramon Jacinto continues his role as BDM for
Western Canada. He joined Norwegian in 2013, having previously held sales
positions at WestJet and WestJet Vacations and the Richmond Tourism
Sabrina Greca, previously BDM for Quebec, has
been appointed the business development manager for strategic accounts. In her
new role, she will develop and grow Norwegian's partnerships with Canadian tour
operators and wholesalers.
Alexandre Bergeron joins Norwegian as BDM for
Quebec. Bergeron was most recently with Transat Holidays, where his enthusiasm
quickly earned him a strong reputation amongst his agents; including a
nomination for “BDM of the Year" in Quebec.
Ilanit Zimmermann joins the Canadian team as
the Miami-based BDM covering parts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Maritimes.
“Canada is a primary growth market for Norwegian and the significant
expansion of our sales team shows that we are serious about investing in our
Canadian partners," said Nathan Hickman, Norwegian's Vice President of Field