AmaWaterways fills out new Australian team

Five new staff members are joining Managing Director Steve Richards in the new Aussie office.

AMAWATERWAYS has introduced its Australian-based sales and marketing team, which will be led by newly appointed Managing Director Steve Richards.

He will be joined by Head of Reservations Ian Lyne and Head of Marketing Angela Smith, who will lead their respective teams.

AmaWaterways’ Australian line-up will be completed by three Regional Sales Managers, including Brisbane-based Christine Oliver, who will manage Queensland, Western Australia, and the NT; Melbourne-based Kim Vaughan, who will have responsibility for Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania; and Sydney-based Kylie Chapman, who is responsible for New South Wales and the ACT.

The new team started onboarding yesterday, with travel advisors now able to reserve next year’s river cruises on more than 35 itineraries across a fleet of almost 30 ships in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.

Reservations are currently being taken by AmaWaterways’ United States-based call centre, which will continue supporting the team until the local reservations department is operational later this quarter.

“I’m thrilled with the dream team we have brought together to launch AmaWaterways’ full range of remarkable river cruises to the Australian market,” co-owner Gary Murphy said.

“Our company was founded 22 years ago with the mission to offer our guests elegantly appointed ships; highest-quality, locally sourced food and wine; a choice of thoughtfully curated daily excursions; and a crew who goes above and beyond, treating every guest like they are part of our family.”

Richards said AmaWaterways has an “incredible opportunity” to now offer its entire product range in the Australian market.

“We’re a pioneering company at heart, and along with new itineraries and exploring a new river (Colombia’s Magdalena River) this year, sharing the AmaWaterways experience with valued travel partners in Australia is yet another step in the journey we’re so excited to be taking.”

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