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Riviera River Cruises’ Parent Company Appoints New Chief Executive



FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Riviera Travel, the parent company of Riviera River Cruises, is pleased to announce Phil Hullah has been appointed its new Chief Executive. Effective March 2, Hullah will replace David Clemson, who will stay with Riviera Travel as a shareholder and non-executive director. Hullah joined Riviera Travel in October 2019 as Chief Operating Officer, bringing with him a wealth of senior leadership experience in consumer-facing businesses in the United Kingdom. For more information about Riviera River Cruises, visit or call 888-838-8820.


“I am honored and delighted to be taking over as CEO. It’s a pleasure to be working with Riviera’s fantastic team of passionate staff,” Hullah said. “It’s a very exciting time for the business as we expand across all our product lines and continue to improve the customer experience. I look forward to working with the team to build on everything that has been achieved in recent years.”


“It’s been a huge privilege to lead Riviera. I am deeply grateful to Riviera’s fantastic team, its founder Michael Wright and the Board for their tireless commitment to the business,” Clemson said. “I would like to thank our loyal customers and partners for continuing to put their trust in us year after year. Having worked with Phil over the last few months, I am confident that the business will thrive under his leadership.”


“We’re thrilled to have Phil leading our company and look forward to working with him as we continue to expand and improve Riviera River Cruises’ product,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing North America. “We’d also like to thank David for his efforts in building the Riviera brand and bringing it to the North American market.”


Prior to joining Riviera Travel, Hullah served as Deputy Chairman of AVADO, an international digital education business that he led as Chief Executive from 2010 to 2018. He has also served as managing director of Laithwaites Wine and commercial director of John Lewis.


Clemson joined Riviera Travel in 2008 and has been instrumental in transforming the company, including leader the expansion of Riviera River Cruises to the North American market and others. During his time with the company, Riviera Travel increased revenues seven-fold and maintained a track record of 35 years of unbroken revenue growth.


Riviera River Cruises offers 19 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including exclusive departures for solo travelers with no single supplement. Its fleet of 13 ships is one of the youngest in Europe, with none older than six years. Riviera’s cruises include spacious cabins and suites, fine culinary experiences from sumptuous breakfasts to four-course dinners featuring international classics and regional specialties, and expert-led excursions to classic sights and lesser-known places.


Riviera guarantees exceptional value, promising never to add hidden surcharges or fees. Riviera also doesn’t automatically include gratuities or drinks, so the choice is up to guests.


For more information about Riviera River Cruises, visit or call 888-838-8820. Travel advisors can find information about 2020 itineraries, ships and pricing in Riviera River Cruises’ recently updated catalog or through the agency portal on the website.



Riviera River Cruises

Riviera River Cruises is the United Kingdom’s leading river cruise operator, with a North American office in Fairfield, Connecticut. Riviera is known for its highly rated, award-winning service, its ships with spacious cabins and suites, relaxed atmosphere, sumptuous on-board meals and captivating excursions, and its exceptional value. Riviera puts its guests first, hosting over 100,000 guests on its river cruises in the past five years, and is very supportive of the travel agency community, with programs such as a dedicated portal for advisors. For more information, visit or call 888-838-8820.