New President for NWCCA

By BCShippingNews
April 25 2011
Greg Wirtz
The North West & Canada Cruise Association welcomes Greg Wirtz

The North West & Canada Cruise Association has appointed Greg Wirtz to the position of President. He replaces John Hansen, who was NWCCA's president for 12 years.

An indsutry veteran, Greg Wirtz brings more than 20 years experience in marketing, planning and trade development to NWCCA. In his most recent capacity as Trade Development Manager for Port Metro Vancouver, Mr. Wirtz has led the marketing and operations of the cruise sector for Canada's largest and most established cruise home port. Mr. Wirtz also provided industry-wide leadeership through his roles as Chair of Cruise British Columbia and Pacific Rim Cruise Association.

"We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Greg become the next President of NWCCA. He is well-known as a leader in the port and cruise tourism business and has a firm grasp of the issues facing the industry. He brings a wealth of experience, talent and passion for the cruise business to this important role," said Bob Stone, Chair of NWCCA's Board and Executive Committee and Senior Vice President, Tour Operations, Royal Celebrity Tours.

In accepting his new position, Mr. Wirtz said: "The Pacific North West has a long history with the cruise industry demonstrating years of growth and success, with tremendous potential for the future. Without a doubt, cruise vacations are one of the most exciting, innovative and value-added vacation experiences available to consumers today, whether they are singles, couples, families, multi-generational and social groups, or shipboard meetings and incentives. It is an enormous privilege to lead NWCCA in the years to come."

Greg Wirtz will be based in NWCCA's Vancouver office.