His extensive experience in the luxury travel sector includes sales roles at Silversea Cruises and Von Essen Hotels.
Knight joined the new river cruise line this month following its recent acquisition of the remaining four vessels of the Crystal Cruises’ river fleet and will lead the sales efforts in the UK and Ireland, with a key focus on developing a trade luxury distribution channel.
Growing fleet and team
‘Our fleet is growing and so is our team,' Riverside Founder Gregor Gerlach said. ‘We are laying solid foundations with a highly experienced team in the UK.’
Stuart Perl, UK managing director, said: ‘We are delighted to have someone of Jon’s calibre and experience joining us and demonstrating our commitment to our trade-focussed sales strategy. Developing and building strong relationships with travel agents and the wider industry will be a huge part of our success. Jon’s extensive network will play a crucial role in our growth as we move forwards with this exciting new river cruise venture.’
Knight added: 'I am delighted to join the Riverside Luxury Cruises team as we embark on bringing a new dimension to luxury river cruising in the UK and Irish markets.'