Hurtigruten bolsters sales team with new hire David Chidley

The new appointment further cements Hurtigruten's dedication to investing in and supporting UK trade partners

Hurtigruten, leaders in Norwegian coastal cruising, has announced the appointment of David Chidley to the UK sales team as an Account Manager as part of a restructure to strengthen trade relations and accelerate growth in the UK.

With extensive experience in the travel industry and connections with a wealth of trade partners, David has worked with some of the best-known travel brands in the world, from airlines to ocean and river cruises. Chidley’s appointment comes at a timely moment for Hurtigruten.

“We’re entering an exciting period for Hurtigruten following the introduction of new premium products, the Svalbard Express and North Cape Express. With the addition of these new products to our existing original costal express, we are continuing our legacy of offering the best and most immersive way to experience the most beautiful coastline in the world,” said Iain Powell, VP Sales, and Marketing UK & EMEA“Our relationships with trade partners are integral to our success, and through the knowledge and experience of David, we can take our dedication and service to partners to new heights.”

As an Account Manager for Hurtigruten, Chidley will be responsible for managing existing key accounts and supporting their development, which will be vital to the growth of trade distribution. 

“The cruise industry is a highly competitive space, and I’m raring to take on the challenge and use my skills and expertise to help Hurtigruten stand out amongst the trade. I look forward to working with James Howlett again, as well as the wider team, to deliver great results. I can’t wait to get started,” said David Chidley.

The appointment of Chidley follows the recent promotions at Hurtigruten of Carla Hines to Head of Sales for EMEA and James Howlett to Head of Sales UK. Powell added, “Carla and James have both played a significant role in driving Hurtigruten’s success. With the addition of David to the team, I look forward to delivering future growth for our Norwegian coastal and premium products.” 

Chidley assumes the role of Account Manager for Hurtigruten on 13th May 2024.