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Kristin Karst, Co-Owner, AmaWaterways River Cruises: A Message on International Women’s Day

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019

“On International Women’s Day, and every day, we celebrate gender balance and diversity.” In honor of this year’s theme, “Balance for Better,” Kristin Karst, Co-Owner, AmaWaterways River Cruises shares her blog about how AmaWaterways supports women who make a positive difference. Read the full story at She says, “As an entrepreneur in the travel industry, I have been very fortunate to have been surrounded by so many talented, hard-working women within our own company, the travel agency community and other travel companies. We decided many years ago to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in our industry and are proud to have named nine senior travel executives as godmothers of our river cruise ships. For us, it is a special way of recognizing their contributions to our success and the success they have brought to the companies they founded or represent. I am also proud of the diversity and balance within our own teams – our senior executive team is made up of 45% women and our team of 60 remarkable Cruise Managers is made up of 50% women…..The travel industry is beginning to embrace a better balance between women and men in the top leadership positions and I truly believe this will provide an exciting new range of values and inspiration to innovate and grow our industry in the years ahead. Gender Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue.” by Kristin Karst, Co-Owner, AmaWaterways River Cruises. Follow her blog at