CMP (Copenhagen Malmö Port) has appointed Anna Sylvan (pictured) as the new Cruise Manager for its cruise business in Visby on the island of Gotland.
Sylvan has a broad background in the cruise and maritime industry. She holds a Captain’s degree from Gothenburg’s Chalmers University of Technology and has extensive experience serving on board various vessels, including those operated by Crystal Cruises.
In recent years, she worked as a manager at Gotland Excursion, where she oversaw the co-ordination of excursions to different parts of the island.
In her new role, Sylvan will assume responsibility for Visby’s management of the cruise pier and terminal facilities, spearhead business development initiatives, and continue to build strong relationships with local stakeholders and the local community.
She will report directly to Luis de Carvalho, CMP’s Commercial Cruise Director.
“Building strong relationships with the local community is important in order to take advantage of Visby’s unique position in the Baltic Sea. With her experience and knowledge, Anna is an excellent addition to our team and plays a crucial role in integrating and developing the cruise business on Gotland.
“Anna’s primary focus will be to ensure that all of Gotland can take part in the growing cruise tourism and that the business contributes to a sustainable growth that creates opportunities to conduct cruise operations all year round,” de Carvalho said.
Visby’s cruise terminal, which was inaugurated in 2018, has welcomed over 700,000 cruise guests, since its opening. In 2023, 165,000 cruise guests are expected to visit Gotland and the bookings for 2024 are already picking up, CMP said.
“Through strategic partnerships, continuous innovation, and the delivery of exceptional services, CMP aims to cement Visby’s position as a top cruise destination in the Baltic, while supporting the local economic growth and sustainable development of Gotland. We are therefore happy that Anna Sylvan is now in place to work on these important issues,” de Carvalho concluded.