German-based cruise line company Seaside Collection and Riverside Luxury Cruises has appointed Charlie Hewitt Davies as managing director of its UK and Ireland operations.
She will oversee the luxury product portfolio, which includes the Grand Hotel Residencia, Gran Canaria; Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll, Maldives; and Riverside Luxury Cruises, currently operating on the Danube, Rhône and Saône.
Tasked with driving revenue and market share for the luxury hotels and river cruise product, Ms Hewitt Davies will develop new sales strategies and implement new sales distribution partnerships to build brand awareness for both companies.
This new appointment demonstrates the commitment by both brands to the UK and Ireland markets, as they continue to build a strong team of industry professionals with a wealth of experience in the luxury segment.
Ms Hewitt Davies joins from high-end tour operator, Eden Luxury Travel, where she was employed since 2010 and held the title of Product Director, and the Executive Director Product & Sales prior to that.
Since the beginning of her career working in travel, she has heavily focused on luxury travel and has extensive knowledge selling the Indian Ocean, Middle East, Africa, Caribbean, and Europe. She brings with her a wide network of key industry contacts and an appreciation of the needs of the market from both a trade and consumer perspective.
“The two brands have so much to offer the luxury seeking traveller and I’m looking forward to working with the existing and growing teams to build a strong and cohesive strategy that will drive bookings and grow brand awareness,” said Ms Hewitt Davies.
Ms Hewitt Davies continued: “Working closely and building relationships with luxury tour operators, travel agents and travel designers will be a key part of our sales strategy.”