Three industry leaders have been confirmed as keynote speakers for next month’s Clia UK and Ireland river cruise conference.

Kristin Karst, executive vice president AmaWaterways; Walter Littlejohn, vice president and managing director Crystal Cruises; and Debra Fox, chief commercial officer of APT; will address the event in Amsterdam on November 10-11.

They will offer practical advice on how to sell river cruise and discuss the latest trends within the industry.

Sessions will focus how to sell the next generation of ships and itineraries to the ‘next generation’ of river cruise customers, in line with the theme of the conference.

The efforts that river cruise lines are making to create a sustainable future will also be addressed, equipping agents with the key information they need to know to be able to answer questions from customers about sustainability.

Clia UK and Ireland director Andy Harmer said: “We’re delighted to have such a fantastic line up of speakers for our ninth river cruise conference and we look forward to them sharing their wealth of knowledge and expertise of this growing sector.

“It’s great to see so many Clia travel agents are keen to grow their river cruise business, and events such as the river cruise conference are essential to keep up to date with the latest industry insights and selling advice.

“Together, we can work to inspire the next generation of customers to take a river cruise making them aware of the incredible experiences this type of holiday as to offer.”