The shortlist for Clia’s River Cruise Excellence Awards, which take place next month in Paris, has been released.

Blackpool-based online river specialist Rivercruising.co.uk, which is part of The Cruise Village, is up for four gongs: best overall performance (north); best marketing promotion of river cruise (online); best marketing promotion of river cruise (homeworker) and river cruise ambassador of the year (agency).

Owner of The Cruise Village, Phil Nuttall, is up for river cruise ambassador of the year (agent), along with Bridget Coe, of GoCruise; Juliet Archer, of Blue Water Holidays; Mandy Schilitto, of Miles Morgan Travel; Margaret McCorriston, of Planet Cruise.

Online cruise agent Cruise.co.uk is up for two awards: best overall performance (south) and best marketing promotion of river cruise (online).

Clia will reveal the winner of the river cruise agent of the year along with the other award winners at the ceremony in Paris on November 10.

All the awards will be handed out by Clia UK & Ireland director Andy Harmer and Travel Weekly editor-in-chief Lucy Huxley.

Harmer said: “This awards ceremony celebrates the continued success of the river cruise sector and recognises the individuals and businesses that make a huge contribution to helping this industry grow.

“All finalists should feel extremely proud of the hard work and dedication they put into this sector.”

For more information and to book a space at CLIA’s River Cruise Conference, visit www.cruisexperts.org