Cruise Planners Rallies to Support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® Light the Night Walk With More Than 600 Participants in Downtown Miami

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“We are a purpose driven organization and encourage everyone at the company to get involved by turning fundraising and support into an engaging team effort,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners.

This month, more than 600 travel agents and industry partners joined Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, at the Light the Night walk in Miami in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society® (LLS). Cruise Planners has raised and donated more than $1 million for the non-profit charity’s South Florida chapter through various efforts during the past few years, including three Woman of the Year campaigns.

“At Cruise Planners, we go beyond just giving back—we show up and show support,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “To see our entire network at an event such as Light the Night, walking together for a cause, is truly inspiring.”

At the Light the Night walk hosted in Bayfront Park, more than 6,000 people joined together for an evening walk and celebration of life to bring awareness to LLS’s mission of finding a cure for blood cancer. Cruise Planners coordinated the executive opening of its annual convention, held next to Bayfront Park at the Miami InterContinental Hotel, so the entire network of travel agents, industry partners and team could participate in the walk.

Cruise Planners has been involved with LLS since 2012 when COO, Vicky Garcia was nominated and named Woman of the Year. In 2014, CEO, Michelle Fee followed in Garcia’s footsteps and raised a record-breaking amount for South Florida’s Chapter. Then, earlier this year, Cruise Planners campaigned in memory of a late team member, Beverly Brean.

“We are a purpose driven organization and encourage everyone at the company to get involved by turning fundraising and support into an engaging team effort,” Garcia said. “Year after year, the Cruise Planners team is passionate about giving back and making a positive impact, which is part of the organization’s legacy.”

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 1,500 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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