2017: Honoring Patrick Clark
For 2017, TravelAge West is honored to present this award to Patrick Clark, chairman of Avalon Waterways, an award-winning river cruise and small-ship line that sails in destinations around the globe.
Clark, who has led Avalon Waterways since 2005, has been involved in all aspects of operations, sales, marketing, product development, fleet deployment and destination expansion for the company. During his time, he has helped the line become one of the fastest-growing cruise companies in river and small-ship cruising in the world. And, along with nearly four decades of experience working for some of the industry’s top companies, including Qantas Airlines and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Clark has assisted in establishing Avalon as a revolutionary travel company that is rejuvenating the river cruise industry.
“Patrick’s work for Avalon Waterways — and the travel industry as a whole — has been immeasurable,” said Scott Nisbet, president and CEO of the Globus
Family of Brands, parent company to Avalon Waterways. “Over the past decade, he has not only built the brand into one of the best river cruise companies in the world by commandeering our hugely popular Suite Ships, unveiling the new Avalon Fresh program and innovating excursions with Active Discovery itineraries as well as the Avalon Choice program; he also has helped evolve the river cruise category to make it one of the top-selling travel styles today. Patrick is both admired and respected among travel industry peers. We are immensely grateful for all he has done and are excited about what the future holds for this brand, thanks to him and the course he set.”
In addition to his role as chairman for Avalon Waterways, Clark is also a current member of the board of directors for Cruise Lines International
Association. He has previously served as chairman of the International Airline Travel Agency Network (IATAN) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association marketing authority.