Meg Murgatroyd Joins Quark Expeditions® As New Global Partnership Director
20-Year Supply Management & Marketing Pro Joins Veteran Polar Cruise Brand
[Seattle, WA] – 14July2016 – Quark Expeditions®, a leading provider of expeditions to the Polar Regions, is excited to welcome supplier management and leisure retail marketing expert Meg Murgatroyd on board as Global Partnership Director. In this new role, Murgatroyd will lead strategic growth in Quark’s global distribution network, which includes GSAs, wholesalers, travel agents, charterers, consortia, affinity/alumni markets, TUI sister companies, M&IT, affiliates, and more.
Murgatroyd brings to the Quark Expeditions team over twenty years’ experience in supplier management and retail marketing in leisure travel with companies including Sears Travel, The Walt Disney Company and Fun Sun Vacations. Most recently, she served as Director of Supplier Management for North American Leisure with Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Prior to that, Murgatroyd was Director of Product Development in Travel & Retail Services for CAA South Central Ontario.
“I’m a huge fan of the brand and incredibly excited to join Quark Expeditions. My career and personal love of travel has taken me around the globe and I can’t wait to visit the last two continents I’ve not yet set foot on with my new team,” Murgatroyd said.
Murgatroyd will drive the development of tactical and long-term strategic objectives designed to grow Quark’s channel business profitably and in alignment with its 5-year strategic plan. She will manage key partner relationships and represent the Quark brand at industry events. A current member of SKAL International in Toronto, she has previously been a member of the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA)’s Ontario Regional Council and The Cruise Council of Canada.
“We’re excited to have Meg Murgatroyd join our exceptional management team,” said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. “Her passion for and commitment to the travel industry is exemplary. We’re confident in her ability to lead our channel business and proud to have her represent our brand to key partners.”
“I’m proud to join one of the most reputable polar tour providers on the planet,” Murgatroyd said. “Quark’s reputation for safety and expedition excellence is one I’m excited to get behind. Partners should know they’re in good hands and I’m dedicated to the high standards they’re grown accustomed to with Quark Expeditions.”
About Quark Expeditions®:
Specializing in expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic and sub-polar regions, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, it offers travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, the on-board program focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience. The company is known for its unwavering commitment to safety and sustainability, including its partnership with The Nature Conservancy (USA). It also offers passengers — free of charge — carbon offsetting aboard Ocean Diamond and Ocean Nova voyages.
About the TUI Adventure Division:
The TUI Adventure Division offers premium, experience-based adventure holidays and expeditions worldwide for active travelers. In addition to QuarkExpeditions.com, the division includes expedition specialists IEtravel.com and Zegrahm.com; leading European adventure and activity specialists ExodusTravels.com, Headwater.com, World-Challenge.co.uk, Sawadeee.nl, TrekAmerica.co.uk and GrandAmericanAdventures.com; as well as US-based destination management company AmericanAdventures.com. From reaching the top of Kilimanjaro and canoeing on the Zambezi, to catching tiger cub sightings and breaking ice en route to the North Pole, the TUI Adventure Division offers inspirational experiences that create lifelong memories.
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