Zito said partnership with Cruise Online, which has offices in Sydney and Auckland, is part of Swan Hellenic’s long-term vision to establish a presence in strategic markets around the world.
‘We’re delighted to partner with Cruise Online, who truly understand the region’s passion for authentic expedition travel and a high-end vacation experience that’s personal and attentive, but also informal and unpretentious,’ he said.
‘Thanks to Cruise Online’s extensive professional travel and airline experience, trade partners will be able to offer these exacting guests the benefits of full sea-sky integration to see what others don’t.’
Cruise Online CEO Anthony Cassar said the specialist cruise division, wholly owned by Aviation Online, will focus on Swan Hellenic.
‘Expedition cruising is where the growth will be when travel resumes, Cassar said.
‘It’s a privilege to represent Swan Hellenic across our home base, bringing its unique cultural expedition cruises to a public with a real appetite for genuine up-close exploration.’
Cassar’s father, Leslie Cassar, chairman of Aviation Online, is a former Qantas executive who founded leading airline general sales agency World Aviation Systems in 1978.
The senior Cassar is a former president of the Australian-Maltese Chamber of Commerce, a Knight of St John of Jerusalem (now the Knights of Malta), a former chairman of Destination NSW and has been decorated with the Order of Australia.