lub Med and Gullivers link for RWC

Club Med Business has signed a deal with Gullivers Sports which will see the sports hospitality provider charter luxury cruise ship, Club Med 2 during Rugby World Cup 2007. The official travel agent for the 2007 tournament in France will have exclusive use of the 392-passenger ship for three days to tie in with the two quarter finals that take place in Marseille next October. Phil Dumbelton, manager of Gullivers’ Rugby World Cup outbound supporters programme said the company would be targeting corporates with the cruise incentive. “We hired a 1,500 passenger vessel for last year’s Lions Tour of New Zealand, but this will be much more exclusive and should appeal to the corporate market.” Gullivers has linked with rugby club Leicester Tigers to bring along former players such as Martin Johnson and ex-Springbok Joel Stransky to mingle with clients from the UK, South Africa and Australia. The three-day event is likely to coincide with quarter final games involving England, Wales, Australia and South Africa. As well as rugby themes throughout the trip, the five-masted cruise ship will host its own rugby TV channel during the cruise, complete with interviews and branding opportunities.

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