A&Okay Journey Group Invests in Ecoventura within the Galapagos – Cruise Trade Information

Santiago Dunn, CEO of Ecoventura, and Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Co-Chairman of A&K Travel Group

A&Okay Journey Group has introduced an fairness partnership with Santiago Dunn and his firm, Ecoventura, a pacesetter in sustainable journey within the Galapagos Islands with small ships, in keeping with a press launch.

A&Okay already owns Abercrombie & Kent, Crystal Cruises and Cox & Kings,

.he partnership foresees an fairness funding in Ecoventura in addition to the creation of a three way partnership, headed by Santiago Dunn in his new function as CEO of A&Okay South America.

“As Honorary Consul of Ecuador in Monaco, I’m proud to announce this partnership and sit up for strengthening the connection between our two nations,” stated Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Co-Chairman of the A&Okay Journey Group. “I met Santiago for the primary time in 2009 and since then we’ve got gained a mutual respect for one different and our respective achievements, in addition to our shared ardour for journey. He was accomplice once I ran Silversea Cruises and I sit up for working with him on A&Okay’s bold enlargement plans within the area.”

Geoffrey Kent, Co-Chairman of the A&Okay Journey Group, added: “I’ve many heart-warming reminiscences of journeys to Ecuador and can’t wait to return with my youngsters to see the unimaginable wildlife. By way of A&Okay Philanthropy, we can be working to make sure that A&Okay and Ecoventura assist to guard the islands for future generations, whereas supporting the area people. The Galapagenos share their pure heritage with our visitors and we’re dedicated to giving one thing again.”

“Santiago is an expensive pal and a journey guru who I extremely respect. We began working collectively in 2012 once I led the acquisition of Canodros,” defined Cristina Levis, CEO of A&Okay Journey Group. “After I left Silversea in 2017, we hung out collectively on his quite a few gross sales journeys to Europe. Those that know me properly are conscious that I contemplate Ecuador my second dwelling and that I’ve missed my visits — and the way warmly I used to be at all times welcomed in Guayaquil and Quito. The Galapagos Islands are a paradise on earth that I consider every individual on the planet ought to go to not less than as soon as of their lifetime.”

As a consequence of in depth inner expertise with mergers and acquisitions, and a deep understanding of operations within the Galapagos, A&Okay Journey Group selected to not use exterior monetary advisors however to leverage the experience of Andrew Burrett, CFO, and Camille Drevillon, Chief of Employees, who’ve been instrumental in structuring this transaction, in keeping with an announcement.

Santiago Dunn, CEO of Ecoventura, described how the connection developed: “I met Manfredi Lefebvre over a decade in the past and as I acquired to know him and his implausible staff, I developed nice respect for his imaginative and prescient for the longer term.  If you mix that with the affect of Geoffrey Kent and A&Okay’s worldwide popularity, plus the 360-degree scope and 24/7 consideration to element with Cristina Levis on the helm, I’m assured that our information and expertise will rapidly translate right into a portfolio of luxurious adventures throughout Latin America in partnership with native communities.”

“As we transfer ahead, I wish to take this chance to acknowledge the trade expertise and counsel of Carmigniani Perez Abogados on behalf of Ecoventura. And I wish to personally thank Pedro M. Pérez and Daniel Dziouba for his or her assist and recommendation all through this course of, wherein not solely authorized, however typically extra profound ideas and views, had been mentioned and analyzed.”