Stangroom from Bristol Port Company will take the helm as Angie Redhead, Liverpool Cruise Terminal, steps down after nearly three years in the role.
In addition, the steering group which oversees and advises on CruiseBritain’s activities has been expanded to six ports and three service providers; this expansion reflects the organisation’s growing membership.
James Langley, director of marine and technical operations at Saga Cruises, has accepted the invitation to become CruiseBritain’s cruise line representative.
New chair Stangroom said, ‘CruiseBritain is thriving as a membership association which works to raise the profile of Britain as a cruise destination and to improve the cruise line and guest experience. I look forward to the challenge of building on the work that Angie has done during her nearly three-year spell as chair as we take CruiseBritain forward over the next few years.’
Redhead commented, ‘I feel privileged to have been chair of Cruise Britain at a time when the UK cruise offer is stronger than ever, and our potential is at its greatest. As the global cruise market continues to grow, we are confident that Britain's appeal as a cruise destination will mirror that trend.’
More passengers than ever before visited Great Britain through 55 cruise ports in 2016. 114 individual ships called into UK ports, many ships calling on multiple occasions, bringing a record 1,214,000 passenger day calls, an increase of 19% over 2015.
Stangroom has a degree in maritime business from Plymouth University and is a fellow with The Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers. He joined The Bristol Port Company in 2001 and has a wide commercial brief covering a number of different trade areas including the breakbulk and container trades, warehousing and cruise.
2017 has seen CruiseBritain working with industry colleagues through the newly formed global port network and other port associations, UK Border Force, ESPO’s Cruise & Ferry Port Network, the Chamber of Shipping and VisitBritain.
Relationships with cruise lines have been strengthened through recent ‘on the road’ meetings and events aboard cruise ships in member ports around the country.
CruiseBritain will be exhibiting at Seatrade Cruise Global in Ft Lauderdale between March 5-8, 2018 and plans to hold its annual networking event on the stand as in past years.