Explora Journeys Expands Its U.S. Based Commercial Team

Explora Journeys, the luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, has expanded its North American sales team strengthening the management of key partnerships with top consortia and larger National and Key Accounts. Camilo Duque, has been appointed as the Business Relationship Lead for National & Key Accounts in the U.S. West, and Jonathan Suarez, was appointed as the Business Relationship Lead for National & Key Accounts in the U.S. East.

“It is a very exciting time at Explora Journeys, as we enter our fifth month with EXPLORA I in operation. Our commitment to the travel advisor community remains at the forefront of all we do and having the opportunity to continue to grow our commercial field sales team with highly respected and talented professionals is further confirmation that we are here to support the travel advisor community now and for the long haul.” said, Chris Austin, Chief Sales Officer.

Camilo Duque, has over 17 years of experience promoting tourism and exploration in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles, and is passionate about connecting people with their curiosity for travel. He is based in Laguna Beach, California.

Jonathan Suarez, a luxury travel professional with a finance degree from The University of Florida, Jonathan honed his skills at Uniworld Boutique River Cruises as a Manager of National Accounts, specializing in revenue analysis, management, and relationship-building. He is based in Miami.

Further, Explora Journeys introduced Joseph Barney as Business Relationship Lead for the U.S. West and Allison Farrell as Business Relationship Lead for the Northeast. They will spearhead the partnerships with luxury agency partners in their respective regions.

Joseph Barney has held senior roles at Crystal Cruises, Atlantis Events, Uniworld, and Classic Vacations, consistently boosting revenue through strong partner relationships.

Allison Farrell boasts experience with tour operators, cruise lines, and luxury resorts, including Playa Hotels & Resorts and Celebrity Cruises and she’s well-versed in collaborating with luxury-focused travel advisors and consortia.

Explora Journeys represents the ambition and long-held dream of the MSC Group and the owner’s family to create a transformative luxury ocean travel experience and brand that redefines luxury ocean travel. EXPLORA I is currently sailing in the Caribbean. This spring, the luxury ship will pursue the U.S West Coast and Hawaii before returning to Europe in Summer 2024 for a series of sailings in the Mediterranean Sea with many itineraries including lesser-travelled ports for guests to enjoy a different perspective of a destination.

Get To Know Explora Journeys

EXPLORA I Naming Ceremony in New York City 

Explora Journeys is the privately-owned luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, created at the heart of Swiss luxury hospitality. The brand stems from the owners’ long-held vision to redefine the ocean experience for a new generation of discerning luxury travellers, drawing on the family’s 300 years of maritime heritage. The brand’s aspiration is to create a unique ‘Ocean State of Mind’ by connecting guests with the sea, with themselves, and like-minded others, while remarkable itineraries will blend renowned destinations with lesser-travelled ports, for a journey that inspires discovery in all its forms. 

A fleet of six ships, two of which are under construction, will be launched from 2023 to 2028. Equipped with the latest environmental and marine technologies, Explora Journeys will introduce a new style of transformative ocean travel. EXPLORA I offers 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences designed to be ‘Homes at Sea’ for our guests, all with sweeping ocean views, private terrace, a choice of eleven distinct culinary experiences, across six vibrant restaurants plus in-suite dining, twelve bars and lounges, (eight indoor and four outdoor) Chef’s Kitchen, four swimming pools, extensive outdoor decks with private cabanas, wellness facilities, and refined entertainment. Inspired by the company’s European heritage, Explora Journeys will provide guests with an immersive ocean experience, respectful and intuitive hospitality.  

Learn more about Explora Journeys by visiting https://explorajourneys.com/us/en

John Shallo
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