Every captain needs a first mate. And at Virgin Voyages, the adults-only cruise line set to debut in 2020, its second-in-command will be none other than travel agents.
CALABASAS, CA — AmaWaterways has appointed Neil Dudley as its new Business Development Manager responsible for Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
Dudley joins the Canadian sales team consisting of Sandra Gardiner, Director National Accounts and BDM for Atlantic Canada and Shauna Carter, BDM for B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.
A native of Ontario with over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, Dudley brings a wealth of international travel expertise, in depth river cruise knowledge and strong travel industry client relationships, says the cruise line.
Most recently Dudley was Director, Business Development – Canada for Scenic Tours & Cruises. His other stints in the travel industry include Sales and Reservations Manager for Boomerang Tours, and Inside Sales with Goway.
“What impressed us the most was Neil’s exceptional support of his retail travel partners,” said Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-Owner of AmaWaterways. “We have exciting plans to grow our current fleet of 20 award-winning ships and Neil is going to be a terrific asset as we step up our sales and marketing initiatives in Canada to drive valuable sales leads to our travel partners.”
Since AmaWaterways’ inception 15 years ago, the leader in river cruising innovation has enjoyed remarkable support from the Canadian travel agent community, she adds, guided by the company’s focus on training and providing fam opportunities.
“I am very excited to be joining the AmaFamily,” said Dudley. “I love the challenge of bringing new products to the market and with three new ships launching in 2019 including the revolutionary AmaMagna, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to be part of this next phase of growth for this innovative industry leader.”
All AmaWaterways cruises can be booked in Canadian dollars and promotions advertised to the public include port charges in compliance with TICO and OPC regulations.
Through Dec. 31, 2017, Canadian residents can benefit from a special $400 Fall Savings per stateroom on all new bookings for 2018 departures. The limited time offer is combinable with most retail and consortium offers as well as Past Passenger Privilege and Onboard Future Cruise Benefit Programs.
“Canadians are resilient international travellers. Not only were they early enthusiasts for river cruising but they have remained very loyal repeat guests for AmaWaterways,” said Gardiner. “Our Canadian Resident Offer is one way of saying thank you to our Canadian guests for making 2017 another successful year for AmaWaterways.”