Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced details of the three-night river cruises that will take place after its first ever Asia Cruise Conference being held in Ho Chi Minh in April 2018.

Following business sessions on April 10 and 11, agents will join a cruise along the Mekong River on April 12 for three nights on a CLIA member cruise line ship including Pandaw, APT Guided Tours & River Cruises, Avalon Waterways and Ama Waterways.

These sailings will give agents the opportunity to see first-hand the style of river cruising in Asia and the chance to experience the facilities on board including entertainment and dining options as well as shore excursions.

The Singapore Tourist Board is partnering with CLIA for this event and, in addition to the conference, agents looking to book early will get the chance to opt to join a pre-fam to Singapore. The fam will allow agents to explore a city that many cruise lines visit and expand their destination knowledge in order to recommend trips to customers.

Andy Harmer, the association's senior vice president membership and director, said: "It is not without the help of agents that we have seen record numbers of Brits taking a river or ocean cruise; and we hope to see this increase next year as more people become interested in taking a cruise holiday to further flung destinations that include Asia. As the industry continues to develop we are delighted to be expanding our events programme with new and exciting opportunities to educate and inspire or travel agent partners."

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