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Cruise360 to explore the new cruising mindset with Virgin Voyages leader Nirmal Saverimuttu

July 26, 2023 – Cruise360 Australasia will explore the mindset of the modern cruise guest this September through the insight of Virgin Voyages President and Chief Experience Officer Nirmal Saverimuttu.

Mr Saverimuttu is the latest international speaker confirmed by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) for this year’s Cruise360 conference, to be held in Brisbane for the first time on September 7.

As Virgin Voyages prepares for its debut season in Australasia, Mr Saverimuttu will discuss the increasing diversity of experiences offered in cruising and what this means for travel advisors. He will explain how establishing a connection with cruise guests can be more about identifying a mindset than targeting a traditional market segment.

CLIA Managing Director in Australasia Joel Katz said Cruise360 Australasia would offer a wealth of knowledge and inspiration for cruise specialist agents.

“Cruise360 will give agents the latest insight in a rapidly evolving cruise landscape, through a talented mix of international speakers and regional cruise line leaders,” Mr Katz said. “With Australia and New Zealand set to welcome multiple new cruise brands this summer, Nirmal Saverimuttu will provide a well-timed fresh perspective that will help agents see new opportunities in local markets.”

Mr Saverimuttu is part of the founding team at Virgin Voyages, having crafted the company’s initial business plan and served as part of the team responsible for sourcing the company’s start-up funding. As President and Chief Experience Officer, he is responsible for all guest-facing and commercial operations.

CLIA’s Cruise360 Australasia conference and trade show will be held on September 7 in Brisbane, with an industry-wide welcome event on the night of September 6.

Tickets are now sold out. CLIA members may email info-aus@cruising.org to request a waitlisting.

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