Aurora Expeditions appoints Jos Dewing as first UK managing director
Australian expedition cruise line Aurora Expeditions has named travel and cruise industry veteran Jos Dewing as its first UK managing director to spearhead growth in the British market.
He joins Aurora today (June 1), four months ahead of the company taking delivery of its second purpose-built expedition ship, the Sylvia Earle. He will be based in the UK.
Dewing was most recently a consultant for SeaDream Yacht Club but was previously at the helm of Voyages of Antiquity in the UK.
A spokesperson for Aurora said: “With a career spanning more than 20 years in the global travel, cruise and expeditions industry, Dewing brings a wealth of experience to this important new role and a proven track record as a strategic business leader and senior sales and marketing executive.”
Dewing told Travel Weekly: “I’m honoured and excited to be joining Aurora Expeditions at such a pivotal time of growth. I’ve had a lifelong passion for the polar regions and responsible, small-ship expedition voyaging, and my core values align perfectly with those of Aurora Expeditions.”
He added: “I cannot wait to unlock new and exciting initiatives in the fast-moving UK market as well as continue to build on the exceptional service already provided to our valued expeditioners and trade partners.”
Aurora Expeditions chief executive Monique Ponfoort said Dewing was is a “natural fit” for the company and will help grow the brand and further strengthen the success of its existing UK team.
“We are excited to welcome Jos into this new role on our senior leadership team, where he will bring extensive experience and knowledge that will further strengthen Aurora’s position and relationships in the market.
“The British market has always been important to Aurora Expeditions, and as UK travel restrictions ease, we expect the demand for small-ship and adventure-focused expeditions to remote corners of the world to grow exponentially.”
She added: “Brits and Aussies make great travel companions, with an abiding spirit for adventure and mate-ship, and we always look forward to warmly welcoming our UK cousins on board.”
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021, Aurora Expeditions describes itself as a pioneer of polar expedition travel with an unwavering commitment to wildlife conservation and the environment.
Dewing added: “Aurora Expeditions sets the industry standard for polar expedition travel, and I look forward to working closely with our travel trade partners to develop and maximise sales opportunities for the important UK market, which has seen significant growth in recent years.”