Monthly Series Launched by Co-Founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst
CALABASAS, CA – (August 14, 2019) – AmaWaterways launched a new initiative to continue strengthening its relationships with travel advisors through ‘Webinar Wednesdays,’ a series of live webinars hosted by company executives and industry experts. The series is designed to educate and empower travel partners interested in developing or expanding their luxury travel business. The inaugural event, which took place July 31, was led by AmaWaterways Co-Founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, and gave participants a glimpse of the new Magna on the Danube itinerary, which was specially curated by Schreiner himself.
Each 30-minute monthly episode will provide in-depth understanding of AmaWaterways’ itineraries and ships and provide effective tools to develop loyal repeat clients, as well as tips on attracting new-to-river-cruise luxury clients. Currently scheduled ‘Webinar Wednesdays’ episodes include:
- August 21, 2019: “Secrets to Selling Groups with AmaWaterways” with Gary Murphy, senior vice president, sales and co-owner
- September 4, 2019: “Growing Your River Cruise Sales Using Social Media” with Janet Bava, chief marketing officer
- October 2, 2019: “What’s New For 2020” with Alex Pinelo, vice president, sales
- November 6, 2019: “Tips for Mastering the Online Booking System” with Bronwyn McKindley, vice president, reservations
“Travel advisors have been at the heart of AmaWaterways success since the company was started in 2002, and we know the important role that training plays in our continued success together,” said Murphy. “The ‘Webinar Wednesdays’ are designed to provide advisors essential knowledge and expertise to succeed in today’s fast paced business world as well as to maintain an important personal link between our top executives and our valued travel partners.”
Number of participants for each webinar is limited, so travel advisors are encouraged to pre-register for these webinars to be among the first to learn tips on how to grow their business with the innovative, family-owned and -operated company. This year, AmaWaterways debuted three new ships to its modern fleet – increasing its number to 23 – with the revolutionary AmaMagna sailing on the Danube, AmaMora on the Rhine and AmaDouro on the Douro River in Portugal. With an impressive list of curated itineraries, up to 20 shore excursions offered on each seven-night cruise and continued innovations in wellness, active cruising and culinary choices, AmaWaterways provides travel advisors a luxurious and memorable river cruise experience tailored for their discerning clients.
Advisors unable to participate in the live events with the interactive Q&A sessions can view the recorded versions in the Webinar Library after registering in the company’s Travel Advisor Portal. Also accessible via the Portal is the new AmaAcademy Course 1 offering graduates incentives and reduced FAM rates.
CLICK HERE to register for ‘Webinar Wednesday’ episodes or visit the Travel Advisor Portal at AmaWaterways.com. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways, and Twitter @AmaWaterways.
A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 24 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of AmaMagna, which at twice the width of traditional river ships, offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options.
With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Pick Award for “Best for Active Cruisers” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line.”
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