Celestyal, a popular choice for cruise travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, recently announced the expansion of its presence in key markets with the appointment of Janet Parton as Vice President, Business Development – UK, Europe & Australia.
Parton brings over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, spanning cruise, tour operating, and retail.
Her notable roles include Sales & Marketing Director for Cosmos and Avalon Waterways at the Globus Family of Brands, as well as Head of Sales UK & ROI for MSC Cruises. Currently chairing the CLIA Specialist Cruise Committee and a member of the ATAS Trade Engagement Committee, Parton’s expertise is well-recognized.
In her new position, Parton will focus on executing the strategic business development plan for her designated region, supporting Celestyal’s growth and profitability. She will strengthen the UK, European, and Australian distribution networks, establishing Celestyal as a premier provider of multi-destination rich itineraries.
“I am delighted to welcome Janet and am confident that her strong business development and leadership skills, along with a keen commercial sense and a proven track record of leading and motivating high-performing teams in the travel sector, will prove invaluable as we continue to broaden our presence in key markets,” said Celestyal’s Chief Commercial Officer Lee Haslett.
On her part, Parton highlighted the company’s ambition and commitment to increasing its international presence.
“I’m relishing the opportunity to help Celestyal achieve their objectives of increasing their presence in key markets as well as consolidating their position as the leading provider of the award-winning, multi-destination holiday experiences in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean,” she added.
Celestyal has garnered acclaim for its regional expertise, hospitality, and authentic cultural immersion. Operating two vessels, the company ensures a personalized experience for guests, blending Greek heritage with outstanding service.
Celestyal has received numerous awards, including Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze accolades at the Tourism Awards. The company has also been recognized by the British Travel Awards and Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards for its mini cruises and outstanding service.
Sustainability and ethical business practices are paramount to Celestyal. The company actively supports local communities, particularly in education, and collaborates with cultural NGOs to promote youth entrepreneurship, marine student development, and child welfare.