Helen Hutcheon

Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent

Helen Hutcheon did her cadetship on a shipping magazine and worked in P&O’s Sydney office for seven years as a public relations journalist.

For 19 years she was deputy editor of Travel Week, which was Australia’s leading trade newspaper that covered major local and international industry events.

In 2008 the late legendary Rama Rebbapragada presented her with an award from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ‘in  recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cruising industry.’  

In 2010 she won the Neil Frazer Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the cruise industry,’ elevating her to CLIA Australasia’s hall of fame.

She has been the Australasia correspondent for Seatrade Cruise Review since 1997 and for Seatrade Insider (now Seatrade Cruise News) since its launch in 2000.


Scenic’s Australian founder and chairman, Glen Moroney, announced the appointment of Anthony Laver as group gm sales and marketing for

Australia/Asia Pacific.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) appointed Glenys Coughlan and Evan Davies to its board, replacing Norm Thompson and Franceska Banga whose tenures have finished.

Australia, which is neck ‘n’ neck with France, is the No. 2 source market worldwide after North America for Paul Gauguin Cruises, vp product planning and revenue management Oscar Abello told Seatrade Cruise News.

More than 50,000 Australians sail with Celebrity Cruises each year, both in Australia and overseas, and it is currently No. 3 source market worldwide, after the United States and the UK, with Canada coming fourth.

Peter Collins’ reference group appointed by New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey to tackle Sydney’s cruise ship berthing crisis has recommended the Royal Australian Navy share a revamped Garden Island with cruise ship operators.

Ryan Taibel, who joined P&O Cruises Australia in 2010 as sales director, has been made vp sales and marketing Australia and New Zealand.

Ground handler IDNZ Destination Management has hired two key account managers as it prepares for a busy summer for New Zealand’s booming cruise sector.

Dario Deste, chairman of Fincantieri Australia, has confirmed the  company will open an office in Adelaide next Tuesday.

A record number of ships making a record number of visits to ports around Australia has seen the value of the cruise industry surge past A$5bn, CLIA Australasia’s chairman Steve Odell announced at a reception for the creme de la creme of the industry in Sydney on Wednesday night.

The arrival of Royal Caribbean International’s Radiance of the Seas in Wellington today marks the start of the New Zealand summer cruise season in the capital city which is expected to inject around NZ$65m into the country's economy.

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