Leading river cruise specialist, Tauck, hosts CLIA Inaugural River Cruise Excellence Awards 2016, Amsterdam

Tauck, hosts CLIA Inaugural River Cruise Excellence Awards 2016, Amsterdam
On Saturday 19th November 2016, Tauck, one of the world’s leading river cruise companies, was delighted to host Cruise Lines International Association’s inaugural River Cruise Excellence Awards on board its newly launched ms Grace in Amsterdam. The event brought together senior cruise industry figures, agents and journalists for an evening of celebration.

Presented by CLIA’s Vice President of Operations and Director of UK & Ireland, Andy Harmer and Travel Weekly’s Editor, Lucy Huxley, the awards were sponsored by a number of river cruise line operators including Tauck, AmaWaterway, Avalon, French America Line, Pandaw, Uniworld and A-ROSA.   According to CLIA, 2016 has been a very positive year for river cruise and has seen an 8 percent rise in the number of UK passengers. To recognise those that helped make this happen, CLIA celebrated with an awards ceremony at the annual CLIA River Cruise Conference in Amsterdam on the 20th and 21st November.  Of the awards, Steve Spivak, Vice President of Tauck said, “Tauck is filled with pride to have hosted the inaugural UK River Cruise Excellence Awards aboard the ms Grace. For the first time we are recognising that river cruising, unlike any other style of travel, has thrived because travel advisors believed it to be the most innovative, immersive, and luxurious experience their clients could have. And to celebrate this momentous occasion with the agents, our industry partners and CLIA was an honour we will always cherish. It is clear from our time together in Amsterdam that our industry has great momentum, and 2017 should be another banner year with new destinations, itineraries and ships positioned to meet the needs of an even more diverse passenger base.”

The eight winners are:
Best River Cruise Newcomer
Reader Offers Ltd  

Best Marketing Promotion of River Cruise - Online
The Cruise Village  

River Cruise Ambassador of the Year
Margaret McCorriston, Planet Cruise  

Best Overall Performance - North
River Voyages (WTH UK)  

Best Marketing Promotion of River Cruise - Retail
Baldwins Travel  

CLIA River Cruise Agent of the Year
Juliet Archer, Bluewater Holidays  

Best Overall Performance - South
Iglu Cruise / Planet Cruise  

Best Marketing Promotion of River Cruise - Homeworker

With spacious accommodation, luxurious on-board facilities, including fitness room, plunge pool and open-air sun deck, and varied gourmet dining options, Tauck’s riverboats are arguably the finest on Europe’s waters. These premium boats coupled with outstanding, knowledgeable service delivered by Tauck’s dedicated Tauck Directors and varied itineraries packed with exclusive experiences and enriching activities, all combine to create an unmatched river cruise that is sure to be a trip of a lifetime.

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