American Travelers Celebrate National Park Service Centennial

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Cruise Planners Celebrates National Park Service Centennial

Cruise Planners Celebrates National Park Service Centennial

“Americans can make great travel memories exploring the great outdoors that surround us,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative.

This year marks 100 years of the National Park Service, which is officially celebrated on August 25, 2016. To celebrate, Cruise Planners, the nation’s largest network of home-based travel advisors, is encouraging travelers to visit some of the most iconic national parks from sea to shining sea.

“Americans can make great travel memories exploring the great outdoors that surround us,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “Many of our national parks make for ideal vacations or daytrips and vary in terms of how active or rugged they can be.”

Cruise Planners travel advisors are able to plan customized vacations to national parks in all 50 states, some of which can be easily combined with a cruise vacation. Some of the most popular National Park Service destinations include:

  • Denali National Park, Alaska
  • Great Smokey Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
  • Everglades National Park, Florida
  • Yellowstone National Park, mostly in Wyoming

“We want people everywhere to embrace the opportunities to explore, learn, be inspired or simply have fun in their 407 national parks, as well as understand how the National Park Service’s community-based recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs positively impact their own communities,” said a statement on the National Park Service website.

As a part of the centennial anniversary, the National Park Service started the “Find Your Park” campaign, inviting Americans to make a deeper connection with any one of the national parks, which also include monuments, memorials, historic sites, seashores, battlefields and scenic trails. The campaign is supported by Centennial Ambassadors, which includes First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady Laura Bush and other notable personalities such as Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Cruise Planners travel advisors take the time to get to know clients, create personalized itineraries and find the best values, ensuring every trip is amazing,” Garcia said. “The best way to book your next vacation, even one close to home, is using a Cruise Planners travel advisor.”

About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a network of more than 1,400 franchise owners who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office Team positions a nation-wide network of franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and has been named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 13 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, has been consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, has been ranked as the #1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 5 years in a row, and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel since it started ranking companies.

Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. with more than 22 years of experience, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include numerous Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly for the past seven years, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for 11 consecutive years (2004-2014), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Chairman’s Award (2015), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement (2012 and 2014), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007-2013), Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2015), Celebrity Cruises Field Sales Account of the Year (2015), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013-2014) and Celebrity Cruises Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Best of the Best Globe Award (2008-2015), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009-2014), Platinum Member of the 500 Club for Sales Excellence (2014), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012), Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Top Producer (2008-2014) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For more information, visit http://www.cruiseplanners.com.

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