RCL’s Smith back to his home market as Bonner returns to Miami

Australian Gavin Smirh has spent the last four years in the UK as SVP of International, driving growth in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East

Gavin Smith is returning to Sydney as MD Australia and New Zealand for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara brands.

An 11-year veteran of Royal Caribbean International, Smith has spent the last four years in the UK as SVP international, driving growth in the key markets of Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East.

Bonner to lead strategic Celebrity project

His return to Australia follows Susan Bonner’s return to Miami to lead a new strategic project for Celebrity Cruises after holding Smith’s position since June 2018.

Praise for both

‘No one is more passionate about the Australia and New Zealand markets than Gavin and we are excited to welcome him back to his home market after a successful term leading our international team,’ Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley said.

‘I want to thank Susan for her contribution to the Australian and New Zealand regions and we look forward to welcoming her back to our Miami campus,’ Bayley said.

Plans for the international role?

A spokesperson said the company wasn’t ready to elaborate on plans for Smith’s former international position or on Bonner’s new assignment.

Posted 8 October 2019

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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.

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