Quark Expeditions has announced two changes within its sales organization that reflect the company’s continuing investment in trade sales as a pivotal driver of its global growth.
To lead this investment in worldwide relationships, Beth Mercier has been promoted to senior director, global partnership sales. Mercier brings a wealth of experience spanning 15 years in the expedition cruise industry, including five years of recent sales leadership experience focused on North America and Latin America for the company; she also brings deep knowledge in the industry’s expedition and adventure travel segments. She will drive relationships with global consortiums, host agencies and strategic accounts.
As a new leader within Mercier’s team, Becky Francis has joined the company as regional sales director, EMEA. Based in London, Francis brings to the company a proven track record for strategic partnership development and the management of five touring brands. Francis is an innovator in global sales training and program development.
Said Thomas Lennartz, vice president of sales for Quark Expeditions: “In their new roles, Beth and Becky will bring not just a proven ability to deliver sales results—they are both recognized as inspiring team leaders with a balanced and strategic approach to professional success. Together with Robert Halfpenny, our regional sales director, APAC, they will set the stage as our sales organization continues to grow to support our valued travel advisors globally.”
Quark Expeditions has just launched its “Rethink Your Bucket List” expedition season for the Arctic in 2025. To help every travel advisor become a polar expert, the company also launched its new Partner Portal, which includes Parker the Polar Bear, the industry’s first real-time, AI-driven virtual polar resource.