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2020 Event Schedule

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Mario FerreiraFounder and PrincipalDouro Azul, Mystic Cruises and Atlas Ocean Voyages

Mário Ferreira is a Portuguese entrepreneur and the CEO of Mystic Invest Holding, a Portuguese company that owns and operates four cruise brands in both river and ocean cruising.Having started his professional career as a waiter in an upscale restaurant in London, Mr. Ferreira quickly become a restaurant manager before joining Cunard to work as a waiter aboard the cruise line’s Vistafjord at the age of 20. After completing several trips around the world, he returned to Portugal, where he founded his first river cruise company in 1993, DouroAzul.

For more than 20 years the company grew and established its reputation as a leader within the river cruise industry before venturing internationally with the 2015 acquisition of German river cruise operator Nicko Cruises. Currently, Mystic Invest Holding is the third largest river cruise operator in the world, with a fleet of more than 40 ships and operations in Europe, Asia and Africa.

In 2019, Mr. Ferreira accomplished one of his business ambitions by launching the group’s first ocean expedition vessel, World Explorer, operated by Mystic Cruises. In the same year, he also established Atlas Ocean Voyages, a U.S.-based, Luxe-Adventure cruise brand that will deliver authentic, thrilling, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the world’s most sought-after and remote destinations. Atlas Ocean Voyages’ first ship, World Navigator, launches in mid-2021.

Mr. Ferreira has also created and developed several other businesses in the tourism industry, from interactive museums and theme parks, to five-star hotels and helicopter tours. Always looking to the future, he became one of the first Virgin Galactic Pioneers and founded a Space Travel agency in partnership with Virgin Galactic.

Mr. Ferreira also was one of the investors in the Portuguese version of the TV show “Shark Tank” and is an angel investor in in small businesses and startups across several business verticals including textile, education, bioengineering, pharmaceutical and insurances.

Passionate about photography and adventure travel, Mr. Ferreira participated in the 2007 Paris-Dakar rally, finishing as the best rookie, and ran and finished the London Marathon in 2012. He has since written and published several books about his first trip around the world while working on a cruise ship, his experience in the Paris-Dakar Rally, and on aerial and historical photography.

Mr. Ferreira is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia in Porto and received several awards and accolades from the Portuguese Government and authorities in recognition of the positive impact his work has had in developing the Portuguese tourism industry and in promoting Portugal abroad.

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