Dupont led the Star Cruises sales and marketing function in Europe for over 12 years. This included driving the brand's exploration into new international markets including the first Star Cruises ship to be based outside Australasia in summer 2006 when the line offered Malta-based Mediterranean sailings. Prior to this Dupont led Royal Caribbean sales teams.
UK tour operators and travel agents were informed of the office closure by Star Cruises senior management earlier this week who thanked the team 'for their commitment and dedication over the years.'
Star said it will continue to offer Singapore-based SuperStar Virgo to the UK and Ireland trade, and travel partners have been told to redirect their queries to Star's offices in Malaysia (for reservations), Singapore (for product support) and Hong Kong (sales and marketing).
Seatrade Insider was unable to reach Star today to get a steer on the line's future sales and market strategy for Europe.