February 29, 2012
Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador Annual General Meeting
At the February Annual General Meeting of the Cruise Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, a new Executive was elected for the 2012 Cruise Season.
Randy Letto, Executive Director of Destination Labrador was re-elected Chairman of the Board of Directors with Nora Fever, Business Development Manager with the Corner Brook Port Corporation re-elected as Vice-Chair and new elected as Secretary/Treasurer, is Thresa Burden, Tourism Development Officer with the Town of St. Anthony. Dennis O’Keefe continues in his role as the Associations’ Past-Chair.
The Directors of the Board are:
· Ray Kenny, Brand Management Advisor, Parks Canada
· Jeannette Yetman, Sales Manager, Leisure, Travel and Event Tourism, Destination St. John’s
· Kristy Sheppard, Director of Tourism, Nunatsivut Government
· Laura Walbourne, Director, Travel Trade and Media Relations, Go Western
· Pascal Daireaux, Director of Sales, Tourism Saint Pierre & Miquelon
· Shannon Pinsent, Executive Director, Adventure Central
· Bob McCarthy, Director, Business Development, St. John’s Port Authority
Newly Elected members of the Board of Directors are:
· Small Port Representative is Shauna Strickland, Economic Development Strategist with the Town of Channel - Port Aux Basques
· Industry Representative is Mark McCarthy of McCarthy’s Party Tours.
A special presentation was made to retiring directors Paul Aitken, Industry Representative and Betty Fitzgerald, Small Port Representative. Chair, Randy Letto thanked both individuals for their outstanding contribution to the Cruise Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Cruise Vision Award - presented by the Cruise Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Presented to: Jean Pierre Andrieux
The Cruise Vision Award is presented to an individual, group or business that has demonstrated a commitment to the provincial cruise industry while contributing significantly to the growth of the industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Jean-Pierre Andrieux has worked as a ship’s agent, hotel operator, historian, author and honourary consulate but above all else, has been an advocate of the cruise industry for the last three decades. After seeing the potential of the cruise industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, Jean-Pierre played a pivotal role in the development of the cruise tourism sector when cruising was unheard of in most parts of the province and the region. Playing an integral role with a variety of cruise lines and cruise tour operators that have introduced programs in the province, Jean-Pierre has been true cruise champion through his enthusiastic marketing of Newfoundland and Labrador as a world class destination.
This award was presented at the Tourism Excellence Awards Gala by Randy Letto, Chair of the Cruise Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Destination St. John’s Launches New Brand– colorful encounters
Congratulations to our partner, Destination St. John’s, on launching their new brand. The brand launch event was held in early February, and was certainly a colorful encounter!
Being the most easterly point in North America has its advantages. For starters, we have our very own time zone. In Canada, the sun rises first on Newfoundland and Labrador.
We’re the closest province to Europe, which means St. John’s harbour is a safe haven for transatlantic travelers and a bustling commercial port. We’re the youngest – and coolest – province in Canada, home to the oldest street in North America, and we’ve been welcoming adventurers from all corners of the world for over 500 years. A city rich in culture, we honour tradition while embracing eclectic sophistication.
When in St. John’s, you hear your fair share of tall tales and yarns, and that’s not all. As you walk through the winding alleyways of our vibrant downtown, you’ll encounter fashionistas, chefs, musicians, and more, all elements of a colourful tapestry of experiences unfolding before your eyes.
Thirsting for adventure? It’s easily quenched by skirting the dramatic coastline on foot, or enjoying a day on a boat on the bay having close encounters with humpback whales, puffins, or icebergs (and maybe all three!).
Beautiful vistas, unique culinary pleasures, and unique architecture are just tiny slices of an urban experience that will feel like no other. But it’s the colourful characters who are most memorable, in a place where strangers quickly become friends, and the local vernacular has you smiling and scratching your head all at once. Performances abound: sing along. Toe tapping is welcome.
Colourful experiences. Colourful characters. Colourful encounters. Make your destination St. John’s—you’ll be glad you did.
Cruise Shipping Miami
Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador will be attending the Cruise Shopping Miami tradeshow and conference next week in Miami. This opportunity will allow Cruise NL to showcase our products and services to a wide audience of industry stakeholders.
Don’t miss us at the tradeshow! Our booth will give you a preview of what Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer. Experience the famous Newfoundland and Labrador hospitality at booth number 819! We’ll be happy to meet and discuss what life is like on the most Easterly point in North America. Also, don’t forget to drop off your business card for a chance to win a beautiful package of Newfoundland and Labrador product!
Our ports are visited by major cruise lines in North America and Europe as well as smaller expedition/adventure operators. Our itineraries include Transatlantic, Canada/New England, Arctic and Circumnavigation.
Land and sea don’t ever meet smoothly here. Sandy beaches around one corner, horizon shattering cliffs the next. Perched on the eastern coast of North America, Newfoundland & Labrador is unlike anywhere else. We stand out. Way out. On the edge.
We look forward to seeing all of you in Miami!