Hays’ new Merseyside store is ‘first of six’ for the region

Hays Travel is to open a branch in St Helens, Merseyside, in July and plans five more shops in the region by the end of 2018. The shop, Hays’ 167th, will create six new jobs after a £100,000 refit.

Gold Medal and Travel 2 bolster trade sales team

Gold Medal and Travel 2 have made four appointments to their trade sales team, with Gemma Wilks joining from Bourne Leisure as key account manager. Clare Weatherall has been promoted to head of national accounts, Hollie Sutton promoted to business development manager and Helen Warnes promoted to air account manager. Gemma Pinder-Davidson will leave at the end of the month to become head of sales north at rival If Only, where head of partnerships Dominic Carrick becomes head of sales south.

MSC Seaview sets sail for first season in the Med

MSC Cruises has taken delivery of MSC Seaview. The ship, the 15th in its fleet, will sail in the Mediterranean from June 10 before relocating to South America for the winter.

AmaWaterways moves to ease overtourism on rivers

Jane Archer

The boss of AmaWaterways has warned of increasing congestion on Europe’s rivers as the sector continues to grow.

President and co-owner Rudi

Schreiner said the line had reduced calls to two of the busiest towns on the Danube, Melk and Durnstein in Austria, and was looking for new ports of call. “Three or four vessels often visit

small towns at one time,” he said. “Locals don’t like the overcrowding and passengers don’t like it when ships dock next to each other. We have to educate customers that other towns are as interesting.” AmaWaterways is launching

three vessels in 2019: AmaMora on the Rhine, AmaDouro on

Portugal’s Douro and double-width AmaMagna on the Danube. According to Clia’s latest Cruise

Review, the Rhine, Moselle and Danube accounted for 87,000 of 145,100 European river cruise passengers in 2016, with 12,300 sailing on the Douro. River cruise

Silversea predicts ‘dramatic growth’ in expedition cruising

Silversea Cruises plans to build more expedition vessels as part of a “dramatic growth” strategy for its current four-ship expedition fleet. The luxury line has yet to

place any orders, but chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio said it would do so, bullish that demand will outstrip supply. Silversea also revealed plans to dedicate future vessels to

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specific parts of the world, as it does with Silver Galapagos, but the line would not be drawn on which locations. Lefebvre d’Ovidio said: “I want

to build lots of expedition ships.” Chief executive Roberto Martinoli said: “The dramatic growth of expedition cruises will continue for Silversea.”

Silver Cloud

CHRISTENING: AmaLea captain Jan de Bruijn, godmother Filomena Andre, and co-owners Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner

saw double-digit growth in passenger numbers that year. Due to its size, AmaMagna will

mostly dock alone as only two vessels are allowed to tie up next to each other along most stretches of the Danube. It will have several restaurants and its smallest cabins will be the size of AmaLea’s suites. Sales for AmaMagna are behind other ships’, which Schreiner put down to its higher price point.

Clia boss urges agents to sign up for event in Malaga

Agents can register for three Clia UK & Ireland events this autumn. The cruise body hosts its inaugural European Luxury Cruise Showcase in Malaga in October. About 100 agent places are also

available at the Luxury and River Cruise showcases in Manchester on September 13 and Norwich on September 20. Andy Harmer, Clia director UK & Ireland and senior vice-president

For 2018, executive vice-

president and co-owner Kristin Karst said the line had only 40 cabins left to sell. Speaking on the christening

cruise of new ship AmaLea, Karst said 2019 sales were strong and

2020 was in demand. AmaLea was named in a

ceremony in German town Vilshofen by godmother Filomena Andre, of AAA Travel in the US.

membership, advised early booking for the two-day Malaga event, which includes ship visits on Silversea’s Silver Whisper and Seabourn’s Ovation, a Visit Costa del Sol event, conference sessions and a cruise trade fair. “This unique event has limited

availability,” said Harmer. Clia agents can register to attend at

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