Oceania chief says 10 years since last new ship ‘too long’

Te 10-year wait for a new Oceania Cruises ship has been “too long”, according to parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ international president. Oceania’s last new-build,

Riviera, launched in 2012, but in January, the line announced orders for two 1,200-passenger Allura- class vessels – due to enter service in 2022 and 2025 respectively. Speaking ahead of Insignia’s first

visit to Southampton since its refit at the end of last year, on the UK leg of its world cruise, Harry Sommer said: “We have waited about 10 years between Riviera and the second Allura-class ship, which is probably too long. I don’t think you are going to see us wait another 10 years for another ship.” Sommer also promised new

tonnage across all three NCLH brands beyond 2027, when the final ship on the order book, which includes seven ships for NCL, two for Regent and two for Oceania, is due to launch. One of Oceania’s R-class vessels,

Sirena, also returned to service last month, following a second revamp as part of the OceaniaNEXT project to modernise four of the line’s ships. Sirena had previously gone

through a $90 million overhaul. › Sirena to sail in Middle East and Asia in wake of US ban on Cuba sailings, page 24

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‘Sell perks of working in travel to attract young’

Juliet Dennis

Te industry needs to collaborate to sell the perks of working in travel, a seminar focused on atracting young talent has been told. Businesses should feature

positive and fun images of staff and testimonials on their websites, said Claire Steiner, UK director of Global Travel and Tourism Partnership. “We must collaborate on how we

atract young people to our sector, which is becoming more difficult,” she told Abta’s Future Skills in Travel and Tourism seminar in London. “We are an incredibly sexy

industry. We need to think about why we love working in travel and how we can make sure people get that sense from us.” Companies were advised to use

social media to “brag” about working in the industry – for example, by promoting the travel opportunities – and to encourage young staff to promote the perks to their peers. Steiner also stressed the need

for companies to invest more in recruitment and to increase the benefits and promotion opportunities they offer. Franki Johnson, director of Embrace Change, which helps

businesses engage with Generation Z (those born between 1995 and 2010), said a “positive brand culture” was increasingly important to younger people. She added: “Communicate your

brand culture and mission; it’s about bringing that brand experience to them. You need to go to where they are, to atract them – be it on Instagram or YouTube.” Paula Letorey, a director at PwC,

said retaining staff was harder than in the past. “Employees are expecting a lot more, so to retain that talent, we need to think differently,” she said. “Tere is a focus on pay

transparency and wellbeing.” Steiner said the issue was all the more pressing because a

Jet2holidays boss Heapy to speak at Hays Travel IG’s 2019 conference

Harry Sommer

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Jet2holidays chief executive Steve Heapy is to speak at the Hays Travel Independence Group’s 2019 conference, which will be held in Turkey. The event, which will have the theme, ‘When the trading gets tough, the tough get going’, will take place from October 16 to October 19 at the Rixos Sungate Hotel in the resort of Kemer. Travel Weekly’s editor-in-chief Lucy Huxley will act as conference moderator.

We need to think

about why we love working in travel and how we can make sure people get that sense

recruitment crisis was looming. Citing World Travel & Tourism

Council figures from 2015, she said 600,000 jobs in the UK – and 14 million globally – were at risk if firms did not address the anticipated talent shortage over the next decade. “We need to find people to fill

these jobs. Tis is a big challenge for

the industry,” she warned. › Future Skills in Travel seminar, page 14

Tunisia expects arrivals from UK to rise by at least 60% this year

Four years on from the terrorist attack in Sousse, the Tunisian tourist board expects UK arrivals to reach 200,000 this year, up from 124,000 in 2018. The tourist board expects to return to its peak of 440,000 UK visitors within four years. Tui and Thomas Cook reintroduced Tunisia to their summer programmes last year. Thirty Britons died in the attack on June 26, 2015.

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