Senior Vice President, International
Gavin Smith is appointed Senior Vice President of International for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Smith oversees international sales, marketing and commercial operations for the cruise line’s business in Australia, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, UK/Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. In 2016, approximately 1.5 million guests will be sourced from these key markets.
Most recently, prior to his role, Smith served as Regional Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, overseeing all commercial and operational activities in the region for the corporation’s three brands. During his leadership, the Australian operation saw substantial growth in demand for cruising from travelers across Australia and New Zealand. The cruise company more than tripled the number of ships sailing in Australasian waters, and expanded itineraries to offer an even broader variety of vacation experiences during summers in the southern hemisphere.
First appointed to the association formerly known as the International Cruise Council of Australia in 2008, Smith has also now served five years as Chairman of CLIA Australasia. As Chairman, Smith notably navigated the former local cruise association’s transition into global organization CLIA, the not-for-profit association dedicated to training travel consultants, raising consumer awareness of cruising, and managing regulatory and government affairs as they impact the cruise industry.
Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Smith had 20 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, serving as Executive General Manager for one of Australia’s leading retail travel groups, Jetset Travelworld; and Managing Director for P&O Cruises Australia. He was also President for Carnival Australia, where he managed the organization through a period of significant growth. Smith has held various senior sales, marketing and communications positions in Australia and the UK.
Smith received a Bachelor’s in business studies with a major in marketing from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.