Doubling Up

Hurtigruten Americas has more than doubled its Canadian sales team this summer and will now significantly increase its presence in the Canadian travel trade market with greater support and outreach.

The company handles both Hurtigruten Expeditions and Hurtigruten Norway, which has operated the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express since 1893.

Émilie Giguère, Jake Rogers, and Carmen Wakileh have recently joined the Canadian sales team alongside Kristin Erz, Sales Director (Canada) and Carly Biggart, VP Sales (Americas).

Kristin Erz, Sales Director, Canada, said: “We are so excited to have these three amazing talents join Hurtigruten as we will truly be able to focus much more on the Canadian small-ship cruise and adventure travel market. Their expertise and background will make us stronger and more competitive in this important market where we see nothing but mutual sales growth opportunities with our partners.”

Erz continued: “We know our Canadian guests love the Hurtigruten experience and brand, and we cannot wait to bring that to more Canadian travelers through our travel advisor partners. And for our French-Canadian partners, we almost 50 French-escort sailings through 2024 across a variety of destinations that you can offer your clients,”

The new additions to the Canadian sales team include:

Jake Rogers, Business Development Manager, Western CanadaRogers is based in Kelowna and supports British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Starting in his native Australia, he brings over a decade of experience in travel and tourism, most recently working with Rezgo and Air New Zealand. His first experience with Hurtigruten Expeditions was Alaska. Rogers can be reached at +1 (604) 817-9717 and [email protected].

Émilie Giguère, Business Development Manager, Eastern CanadaGiguère is based just outside of Montreal supporting Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador. She comes with 20 years of experience in the travel industry, most recently working with Tahiti Tourisme North America and Princess Cruises, and Cunard Line. Her first experience with Hurtigruten Expeditions is the Galápagos Islands. Giguère can be reached at +1 (514) 212-4762 and [email protected].

Carmen Wakileh, Inside Sales Representative, CanadaWakileh is based in Toronto supporting the Canadian sales team. She brings 18 years of travel industry experience to the table, including inside sales roles at Transat and Air Canada Vacations. Her first experience with Hurtigruten Expeditions will be an itinerary encompassing Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. She can be reached at [email protected].

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