Cruise Planners 2017 Convention Set to Ignite Agents’ Passions and Spark Innovation

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The convention will be held at a new all-inclusive property in Mexico, reinforcing Cruise Planners’ emphasis on “more than just cruises” and luxury travel.

Cruise Planners 2017 Convention Set to Ignite Agents’ Passions and Spark Innovation

Cruise Planners 2017 Convention Set to Ignite Agents’ Passions and Spark Innovation

“Cruise Planners agents who attend convention typically experience a 25% sales growth year over year and sell four times more than franchisees who do not attend,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners.

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, will be hosting its annual convention at The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico October 15-19, 2017. This year’s theme, CP Ignite, is a fiery mantra designed to inspire Cruise Planners agents to spark innovation and explode beyond their personal records through collaborations and sessions with the Home Office Team, travel industry partners and fellow Cruise Planners agents.

“Cruise Planners agents who attend convention typically experience a 25% sales growth year over year and sell four times more than franchisees who do not attend,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “We are confident this year’s theme, CP Ignite, will empower Cruise Planners agents to find their spark and ignite their business.”

Cruise Planners, a leader in technology and marketing, will be launching eREZ 3.0, a completely redesigned internal reservation system created to increase agents’ productivity and efficiency across all platforms. Convention attendees will be the first to be fully immersed in this user-friendly technology through hands-on learning sessions and guided virtual tours before its official launch to the entire Cruise Planners network. There will also be dedicated educational sessions on topics including selling group packages by land or by sea, targeting luxury travelers, increasing client retention as well as emerging media marketing.

As a whole, Cruise Planners travel agents continue to expand their sales mix with land-based travel and with this year’s convention hosted in Mexico, attendees will get to experience all the award-winning destination has to offer. In collaboration with travel partners, Cruise Planners will offer travel agents pre- and post-convention FAM opportunities to visit other all-inclusive properties in Cancun and the nearby resort areas of Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya, with a focus on destination and property training.

“Cruise Planners is unstoppable, blazing ahead of the competition with the best tools in the industry to help agents plan, achieve and outshine their goals,” Fee said. “Convention is the best way for our agents to learn and expand their industry knowledge and grow their business all while having fun — we will turn up the heat and IGNITE in Mexico!”

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 1,800 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 14 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 6 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, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for 13 consecutive years (2004-2016), 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 Elite Agency of the Year (2016), Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2015), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Partner of the Year (2016), 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), Travel Impressions Best of the Best Globe Award (2008-2016), Sandals Top Host – Worldwide, Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009-2016), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2016), 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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