Plymouth makes key appointment as it seeks to become top cruise ship destination
Glen Garnder will mastermind ambition to put Britain’s Ocean City on the cruise map
The cruise vessel Marco Polo arrives in Plymouth
Plymouth has appointed the ex-manager of Britain’s largest cruise terminal to mastermind its ambition to become a major destination for visiting ships.
Glen Gardner, a highly experienced cruise industry consultant, has been named as business development manager with a mission to support the growth of cruise visits to Britain’s Ocean City.
Plymouth’s new Visitor Plan envisages the city becoming a “premier destination” for cruise ships during the next five years with key locations for boats to arrive and leave at Millbay Docks.
Mr Gardner, who will provide business development and marketing services in his new role, has more than 20 years’ experience in the cruise industry including five years working on board vessels.
There are ambitious plans for growth, working with key port and wider city partners.The newly published Visitor Plan 2020 to 2030 sets out a key objective to increase capacity for cruise ships with the “opportunity to grow the cruise market particularly for specialist embarkations/small vessels and superyachts sub 150m”.
It wants to increase the number of day visitors to the city and improve the port welcome and perception/branding of Plymouth as “a place to do business/invest and education not just visit for leisure” . . . . .
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