“The team at David Morris International excels in selling cruise-based experiential travel, and so it was only a natural next step for us to partner with them to expand our market share,” explained David A. Giersdorf, president and CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises.
As one of their first tasks, PGC has asked DMI to grow and strengthen their U.S. sales team, which currently includes Jim Applebaum as director of sales for the Southeastern region, Liz Coleman as director of sales for the Northeastern region, and Michael Beale as director of charter and incentive sales. DMI is expected to announce new candidates to be added to the team shortly. Aside from recruiting new sales talent, DMI will also manage international sales, focusing on national accounts, key accounts, groups, seminars and training, conferences and events, international general sales agents, and charter and inventive support.
PGC operates the m/s Paul Gauguin, sailing along the coasts of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. At 513 feet long and 71 feet wide, the ship can accommodate 332 guests, with a staff of 215. Completed in 1998, the ship has served more than 140,000 patrons over the years with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. Additional information on PGC can be found by visiting www.pgcrusises.com .
David Morris International was founded recently in April 2009, as a sales and marketing agency for niche-market travel industry providers. Although the company is relatively new, President David Morris is a familiar face in the industry, with over 30 years of experience working with Cunard, Crystal, and Silversea Cruises. DMI is currently working with The Brandman Agency in New York, to assist luxury travel and tourism clients. For more information on DMI, visit www.davidmorrisintl.com.