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Grant Holmes to lead Inchcape Shipping Services' cruise business development

Grant Holmes to lead Inchcape Shipping Services' cruise business development
Inchcape Shipping Services is embarking on an ambitious plan to develop its cruise business with the appointment of Grant Holmes as vp Cruise Solutions.

Based out of Dubai, this new position will see Holmes leading a dedicated focus on cruise business development and activities around the world, leveraging ISS’ global reach with its well-established network of offices.

With over 16 years cruise industry experience, Holmes directed operations at First Choice Cruises from its inception in 1999 and was a director at Festival Cruises managing global shore excursions, destination services and on board revenue until 2004. He also founded his own cruise consultancy, providing training for cruise line brands, governments and port authorities as well as advising destinations such as Venezuela, Colombia, Cyprus, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Bahrain on cruise strategy.

ISS will participate in a number of cruise trade events to raise awareness of its plans including a presence at the imminent Seatrade Europe in Hamburg from September 9-11, 2015 as part of the Cruise Arabia initiative and a significant stand at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale next March.