Aurora Expeditions Expands North American Team

Aurora Expeditions has announced that its North American operations continue to expand, with the company hiring three new business development managers. The company is celebrating its 30th year of operations. It recently resumed its Antarctic expeditions with 70 percent of the season’s guests coming from the U.S. and Canada—and Aurora is eager to build on this.

The new team members bring a wealth of travel industry experience, and include Kelli Mills (Northeast), who has extensive experience in expedition travel and is also former agency owner with over 15 years in the industry; Jennifer Reynolds (Southeast), adventure and small-ship sector expert of more than 18 years; and Bonnie Newman (Western), who has established solid relationships with agency partners, particularly within Virtuoso, a key partner within Aurora’s global trade network.

These new hires will join the existing team of Lisa Bertini, who has recently been appointed VP of sales, North America. Bertini will work with and lead the national sales team to further propel the company’s growth by maximizing sales and partnership opportunities throughout the market. Aurora has also recently expanded its focus beyond the English-speaking market in hiring Nicolas Bilek, a dedicated resource for business development in Quebec.

Bertini added, “We have already seen a significant increase in interest in our active and life-changing voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic from this market, and I am confident that our new team members will help to accelerate and expand this growth for us, working with our valued trade partners.”

Aurora recently released its 2023 Arctic season, which has seen a positive response. Its Antarctica 2022-23 voyages are also in high demand. The company’s upcoming voyages include Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Greenland and Canada’s Northwest Passage, followed by an extensive 22-23 Antarctica season. The company’s second purpose-built expedition ship, Sylvia Earle, is due to debut in late 2022.

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