Jo Rzymowska, Vice President and Managing Director of Asia, UK & Ireland at Celebrity Cruises is to be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry award at the British Cruise Awards on Monday.
Liz Jarvis, Editor of Cruise International magazine, which organises the awards, said: “Jo is a true visionary who has had an extraordinary impact not just on the cruise industry but on the travel industry as a whole, ensuring diversity and equality are firmly on the agenda; she has also been instrumental in the growth of the Celebrity Cruises brand and the British cruise industry.
“Jo is an extremely popular figure in the cruise industry and we are delighted to be able to honour her with this award.”
The award is the only category voted for by judges, who this year were Liz Jarvis, Editor of Cruise International; Sophie Griffiths, Editor of Travel Trade Gazette; and well-known cruise experts Julie Peasgood, Sara Macefield, and Becky Wiggins.
Jo Rzymowksa said: “I am incredibly proud, honoured and humbled to have been chosen to receive the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award. I am deeply grateful to the judges for selecting me and for Cruise International‘s commitment to promoting our amazing industry and the people within it. This award is testament to the guidance of my mentors throughout my career and to the hard work of my dedicated team who I am privileged to work with every day.
“The cruise industry is in probably its most exciting ever period with a packed order book of new ships, new cruise lines and great innovations worldwide. At Celebrity Cruises, we are at the forefront with the launch of Celebrity Edge later this year set to revolutionise cruising forever. Plus, new ships are not the only thing making the cruise sector so incredibly buoyant – there is significant investment across the board all attracting more people to the idea of a holiday at sea.
“I’m so proud to be part of an industry that leads the charge in so many areas, and embraces diversity in all that it does. Like many of my cruise sector colleagues, I am a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, and I’m proud of the steps that we all continue to make in ensuring that cruise is always a rich and rewarding world to work in.”
Previous winners of the Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry award include Arnold Donald, CEO of the Carnival Corporation; Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises; Torstein Hagen, founder and CEO of Viking Cruises; Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman of Silversea; and Mikael Krafft, founder and CEO of Star Clippers.
The eighth annual British Cruise Awards will take place at the House of Lords on Monday evening, and are hosted by Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE