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Monday, 04 September, 2017, 16 : 51 PM [IST]

Ark Travels targets 100,000 pax in 2018 - Successfully undertakes charter sailings onboard SuperStar Gemini

The second edition of ‘The Big Bang Nautical Fiesta’, a charter cruise event initiated by Ark Travels with an aim to target the Corporate and MICE travel segments from India concluded on a successful note. The signature event of Ark Travels, welcomed over 3,000 cruise passengers on three different charter sailings on-board SuperStar Gemini from ex-Singapore.

Organised in alliance with Genting Hong Kong’s Star Cruises, Ark Travels promoted two-night sailings from Singapore (Harbour Front Cruise Terminal) to Penang on August 9 – 11 and August 16 – 18, 2017 respectively. Whereas, single three-night charter cruise were planned from August 13 – 16, 2017, to destinations of Penang and Port Klang in Malaysia. Singapore Airlines was the Official Airline Partner for the event.

To further cement its ties with travel trade, Ark Travels hosted over 400 travel agents from metro cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and from other smaller like Surat, Rajkot in Gujarat, Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Karimnagar in Telangana among others.

Michael Goh, Senior VP – Sales, Star Cruises with Kishan Biyani, MD, Ark Travels and Naresh Rawal, Sr VPSales, Genting Cruise Lines

Designed and endorsed as entertainment cruise, The Big Bang Nautical Fiesta offered immense opportunity for cruisers to have oncein- a-lifetime experience while on a cruise. The all-inclusive fiesta was filled with Magical Show, Aqua Zumba, Rain Dance & Beer Fest, Indian Idol Nights, Matinee Crew Show, War of DJs, Gala Nights and Cuisine Fiesta from across the world.

The highlight of the event was the Independence Day Celebration onboard SuperStar Gemini’s Stardust Lounge at Deck 10. An enthralling show was conceptualised by team PMDS (Piyush Malhotra Dance Studio) allowing to cruisers to celebrate the occasion in international waters for the first time.

Commenting on charter cruise success, Kishan Biyani, MD, Ark Travels, said, “We are overwhelmed and extremely excited with the kind ,of response we have received for our Charter Cruises over the last two years. Big Bang charter cruise is a concept designed to fill the gap and bring cruise sailing closer to Indian travel.ers. In terms of passengers we have achieved 33 percent year-on-year growth for our charter cruise as compared to 2016. We have even increased the number of charters from the previous year and looking forward to add more from next year onwards. We would like to thank our agents, trade partners present across India and Star Cruises for their continued support and believing in our journey called as Big Bang Nautical Fiesta.”

“Going forward we aim to reach golden mark of 100,000 passengers by end 2018. Cruise tourism in India is undergoing a phenomenal change with minimum of 10 per cent growth year-on-year, with new cruise ships coming in Asian sectors, for instance, World Dream by Genting Hong Kong will create further opportunities for the trade. Also new developments such as deployment of SuperStar Gemini in Bangkok SuperStar Libra Ex-Port Klang with two-night special sailing during Diwali for Indian pax (Port Klang – Langkawi – Port Klang) and Genting Dream in Singapore will advance the prospects for Indians who aim to travel abroad on a cruise ship,” Biyani said.

According to Michael Goh, Senior VP – Sales, Star Cruises, “Corporate travel business contributes quiet substantially to our cruising business and these head honcho are always looking out for new avenues to incentivise their employees. Big Bang Nautical Fiesta has turned out to be one such event where in a corporate not only achieve his objective of holding meetings/award ceremonies on the cruise, but gets a genuinely different event experience, which leads him to enjoy an exceptional hospitality, quality accommodation, dining and entertainment and facilities as a part of the cruising package all in one place.”

“A lot of hard work went into making the second season of Big Bang Nautical Fiesta set sail so smoothly. Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini witnessed more than 400 travel agents cruising together. I would like to thank the entire ARK Travels team for an excellent job in organising and managing the event and the travel trade partners to make it successful event,” he added.

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