In essence, Mark built a formidable global team from scratch and drove expansion from a single port ground handler in Barcelona to a truly global service provider with reach in 400 cruise ports.
So what happened to Mark Robinson?
Official Seatrade statements indicated that Mark left "to pursue new professional challenges". So I called my old friend and found out that he landed a COO role at Port Adventura, which includes but is not limited to Hotels, Golf courses, Wellness facilities, Restaurants and the coming Ferrari Land Barcelona opening in 2017.
Where do Intercruises go from here?
In an initial statement from Jordi Cerdó, the Intercruises Managing Director of Destination Services, he indicated there was a strong succession plan in place and underway.
Meanwhile, Olga Piqueras continues to head the Intercruises Platform in her existing role of Managing Director. Moreover, as an interim measure, Virginia Quintairos and Simon O’Sullivan with immediate effect report to Cerdó, leading Destination Services in the Med and Europe region.
In 2016 TUI AG sold off Intercruises to an investment form as they considered it a non mainstream entity within the overall fold of the Group. Since this time the Intercruises Port Agency operation closed in Australia and more changes are expected as the business is being rationalized. This promotes the question as why did Mark timed his departure as he did?
One thing for sure, the Cruise Industry is going to be quieter and duller without Mark's larger than life approach to the business and many of us will miss him!