My name is Peter Henkes, with over 30 years of experience in tourism in the Benelux and New Zealand, I am an expert in the field of destination and product development. Over time I have built a large network in the (river) cruise and tour operator sector in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. For many international travel and cruise organizations I have contributed to the development of new excursions and new destinations within the Netherlands and Belgium.
I was also regularly asked by suppliers and local authorities how do we get in touch with the right people at the shipping companies; how do we get our destination or our product / company in the cruise program? And shipping companies had the demand for new excursions, new themes and new interesting tourist visits.
In addition, I see a development underway, partly prompted by the Covid pandemic of 2020-2021, that people want to go to smaller-scale destinations, get away from the crowds and are increasingly interested in sustainability.
These two points made me decide to work as an independent consultant. I make my network; knowledge of the cruise and travel industry; and knowledge about sustainability in tourism available to (local) authorities, shipping companies / tour operators and the tourist industry.