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Arantxa GarciaHead of SustainabilityIntercruises Shoreside & Port Services

Business Overview: Intercruises is an experienced global business offering turnaround, shore excursion, hotel contracting and port agency services to the ocean and river cruise industry. Cruise specialist teams handle all vessel, guest and crew needs, before during and after a ship’s time in port. Services are managed from over 100 local offices by teams operating in over 400 ports worldwide, encompassing over 50 countries spread across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Indian Ocean, Middle East, Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

Career Overview: Arantxa has over 20 years of experience in tourism and travel. After holding different positions in other hospitality companies, she joined Barcelo Destination Services in 2001 in the Operations Department. In 2007 she was appointed as General Manager of Hotelbeds Product, contracting in Europe, before in 2008 moving to the position of Head of Purchasing & Product for Hotelbeds worldwide.

In 2010, Arantxa changed to the Sustainable Development area as Head of Sustainable Development in TUI Travel Accommodation & Destinations, where she worked to implement sustainable best practices throughout the business. In 2015, she became Head of Sustainable Development for TUI Destination Services, focusing on implementing TUI Group’s strategy in ground operations and developing new ways of creating more sustainable excursions and products for TUI customers.

In 2018, through the acquisition of Destination Services, she added Intercruises to her portfolio of business responsibilities, becoming Head of Sustainable Development for Intercruises, to support the implementation of sustainability requirements of Intercruises customers on the ground.

Arantxa holds a degree in Business Administration from the University Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), a Master Degree in Quality & Environment, has been accredited as Travelife Auditor and has completed the GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) Sustainable Tourism Training

Personal Information: Arantxa is from Madrid, but is now a resident in Palma de Mallorca and has two children.