TIRUN announces Varun Chadha as new CEO, Ratna Chadha takes over as Chairperson

TIRUN Travel Marketing, the exclusive India representative of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, has announced a shuffle in senior leadership. Effective April 1, 2019, Co-founder and former CEO Ratna Chadha took over the role of Chairperson, while Varun Chadha, formerly COO, has assumed the position of CEO of TIRUN.

Over the last few years, the cruise company has expanded its operations and along with India, it is now also servicing Nepal and Bangladesh markets. TIRUN has maintained consistent efforts to introduce cruising to the Indian masses with great distribution and associations. TIRUN partnered with Singapore Airlines to offer the convenience of Fly Cruise packages to Indian guests; joined hands with celebrity chef Ranveer Brar to curate an Indian menu onboard Singapore Sailings, segmenting sailings to offer cruises to/from India, to name a few.

Speaking on the development, Ratna Chadha, Co-founder and Chairperson, TIRUN said, “Ever since TIRUN’s inception, we have worked tirelessly to put India on the global cruise-map. The journey so far has been a successful one and I am confident in Varun’s capabilities to lead the way with his expertise in the sector. In his earlier role as COO over the years, he has gathered immense knowledge about the industry, both abroad and in India. For him to be appointed as CEO was the natural course for us to take at this point. We are glad to see more and more Indians take to the seas for their vacations and celebrations and are certain this number will only continue to grow.”

Varun added, “I am excited and charged, as is the Company, for our next phase of growth. India presents a great opportunity and there has never been a better time to be in the cruising business.”

TIRUN pioneered the concept of cruising in India and for the past 26 years, it has been able to drive interest from Indian consumers by making cruises accessible and affordable, as well as customising them for Indian markets. Over the last three years, it has seen a growth of 25% CAGR. The company aims to expand and add a number of Indian ports to its cruise itineraries in order to gain a wider consumer base. TIRUN is working closely with the government to develop the Indian coastal lines to bring International cruise liners for home porting.