“When Cruise Planners goes on the road, we know that we are investing in our travel agents by training them personally in the field and experiencing a destination with them,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners.
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) December 19, 2016
In 2017, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network, will host more in-depth regional trainings in key markets offering travel agents the opportunity to gain more knowledge from the Home Office Team and preferred partners while experiencing new destinations.
“At our trainings, we are focusing on specialty niches, including FAM trips, offering enhanced training and adding more unique networking opportunities for our travel agents,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative.
The regional training programs are face-to-face learning forums exclusive to Cruise Planners franchise owners and associates. The training programs were designed around agent-requested topics such as sales and marketing training, agent success stories and hands-on technology—these are consistently the most popular sessions for Cruise Planners agents. Also, for the first time, there will be dedicated luxury travel and land vacation themed regional trainings for agents who specialize in those niches.
“We love rolling out new technology, which is in line with strategic marketing efforts, and it’s important our agents are aware of the best ways to utilize the industry’s top tools,” Fee said. “At the trainings, we focus on best practices to take each franchise’s business to the next level and boost sales.”
Cruise Planners travel advisors will leave each training with a sales and marketing roadmap so they can focus on attracting new clients and retaining loyal ones. Some of the sessions, led by the Cruise Planners Home Office Team include:
- Top Producer’s Insights Panel
- PR and Social Media: “Boost Your Social Exposure”
- Sales and Marketing Workshop: “Are You CP Savvy?”
- Technology Workshop: “All Hands on Deck with IT”
“When Cruise Planners goes on the road, we know that we are investing in our travel agents by training them personally in the field and experiencing a destination with them,” Fee said. “Since our agents are home based they value these in-depth training sessions, which give them the opportunity to connect with our Home Office Team in person and leave with actionable techniques to grow their businesses.”
For the first time, Cruise Planners will incorporate strategic familiarization trips in select host cities to showcase the best of each destination. Featured destinations include:
- Las Vegas
- Atlantic City
- New Orleans
Many of the sessions are taught by Cruise Planners’ top executives giving company owners and franchisees the opportunity to interact with top representatives from major travel-industry brands. Also, some top-producing agents will share their personal success stories as franchise owners.
These regional trainings are offered in addition to Cruise Planners’ new franchisee training classes hosted at various times throughout the year, the company’s much-anticipated annual Convention, and the always-available online training program via Cruise Planners University.
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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