Sunday, 13 March 2011

eWaterways heading Down Under

source: etravelblackboard

Online small ships operator eWaterways will expand into the Australia and New Zealand market following the appointment of Peter Smith as its new General Manager on Wednesday.

Formerly the head of NRMA Travel and Leisure’s Creative Cruising department, as well as at ZUJI and OctopusTravel, Mr Smith said it was a good time for eWaterways to move into the region.

“Small ships have traditionally been hard to find and book, just like hotel rooms were 10 years ago,” he said.

“It’s the right time for the product here, given growing consumer demand for cruising, our comprehensive range of niche small ship supplier content, and the simplicity of the eWaterways technology platform.

“In short, we’re doing for small ships, what OctopusTravel helped do for hotel bookings ten years ago.”

eWaterways CEO and co-founder Daniela Wagner said Mr Smith’s experience and reputation in the Australian market would be a valuable asset to the company.

“We are confident that with him at the helm we will see significant growth in AU/NZ, which we believe is a perfect and substantial market for this product,” she said.

Mr Smith’s appointment sees him reunite with his old colleague from OctopusTravel Daniela Wagner, who was previously its managing director.

As part of his new role, Mr Smith’s first focus will be to introduce the business to Australian travel agencies.