Swan Hellenic announced it had signed a partnership agreement with Tam Wing Kun Holdings Ltd to provide a direct presence in Asia.
Tam Wing Kun Holdings offers the highest standards of efficiency and service, with 40+ years experience across the travel industry, representing many of the world’s leading logistics companies and airlines in Asia through offices or partners in China (Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai), Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and The Philippines.
The partnership is a strategic agreement in line with the long-term approach of Swan Hellenic of establishing a direct presence in every market around the globe to offer the personal service to which it's committed.
Andrea Zito, Chief Executive Officer at Swan Hellenic Limited, said they were "truly delighted to have Tam Holdings on board, believing strongly in the immense potential of the Asian market both now and above all in the future."
"It was essential for us to have a truly capable expert partner based in Hong Kong, the hub of Asia. Thanks to the extensive experience of the Tam Holdings, we’ll be able to offer our guests the benefits of full sea-sky integration to carry them from their cities to our ships and back again around the globe.”
Dr Wing-Kun Tam remarked they were honoured to represent Swan Hellenic Cruises in Asia - "a distinguished cultural expedition cruise company with a pioneering history that provides unique experiences lived in luxurious elegance.”
The keel-laying for the first of Swan Hellenic’s two newbuilds (ice-class cruise ships under construction) took place in Helsinki Finland on September 24. The ceremony saw the first 347-ton block of the vessel, newly arrived from Klaipeda Lithuania, where it had been outfitted and painted, being put on the keel over coins to bring good luck in accordance with maritime custom.
During the ceremony, Swan Hellenic announced that the vessel would be named SH Minerva in honour of the company’s first purpose-built ship, named after the Roman goddess of wisdom.