Record Attendance at CLIA River Cruise Conference in Amsterdam

Record Attendance at CLIA River Cruise Conference in Amsterdam

The ninth CLIA River Cruise Conference in Amsterdam was highly successful judging by the record attendance of trade partners and suppliers. In 2018 more than  232,300 river cruises were taken by British and Irish passengers, which is a 10% increase on the previous year. This is a ‘must attend’ event for agents who are interested in growing their river cruise sales and the resultant growth in commission income.

The conference comprised a multitude of ship visits, conference sessions at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre, trade fair and networking opportunities. Travel agent delegates also dined and stayed overnight onboard one of the five river ships in port.

Stuart Perl, Chairman of the CLIA river cruising group and Managing Director of AMA Waterways, said that river cruising really can offer something for all generations. Now there are an even greater range of destinations and itineraries on offer. He also noted the growth in new river cruise ships, with 12 in 2019 and 16 planned for 2020.

Stuart Perl, AMA Waterways

Other speakers included Walter Littlejohn, Vice President and Managing Director, Crystal River Cruises; Jane Archer, Travel Journalist; and Ben Nealon, Client Partnerships for Travel, Mail Metro Media.

Walter Littlejohn, Crystal River Cruises

The five river cruise lines with ships on view were Amadeus River Cruises, CroisiEurope, A-ROSA, Crystal Cruises, and AMA Waterways.

Riviera Travel team of Paul Mellon and Ashley Walker

Joe Lavers, Wendy Wu Tours, was busy at the River Cruise trade fair

AMA Waterways was represented by Maria Ersmarker, Rachel Simon and Manisha Chaggar

Michael Dupont, Head of Sales, Crystal River Cruises

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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