"Our Cruise Planners agents are travel matchmakers, sending clients around the world on unforgettable trips, and with our annual Top Producers Trip, we're able reward our agents as we travel with them to these destinations," said Michelle Fee, CEO and Founder of Cruise Planners
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (PRWEB) March 21, 2018
The top-producing franchise owners of Cruise Planners®, an American Express Travel Representative, traveled with Cruise Planners co-owners Michelle Fee and Vicky Garcia to Peru and the ruins of Machu Picchu. The exclusive trip, hosted annually in a bucket-list destination around the world, rewards Cruise Planners top-producing agents for their past years' success as they travel alongside Cruise Planners executives and industry partners, which this year included Globus Family of Brands, Royal Caribbean International, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Travel Impressions.
"Our Cruise Planners agents are travel matchmakers, sending clients around the world on unforgettable trips, and with our annual Top Producers Trip, we're able to reward our agents as we travel with them to these destinations," said Michelle Fee, CEO and Founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. "We always emphasize agents need to get out there and see the world so they can sell the world and this annual Top Producers Trip is one of the best ways to experience a new destination and what's available from our travel partners."
The Peru Supertour, organized by Globus Family of Brands, brought attendees to Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and of course, iconic Machu Picchu. Peru has long been a land of legend and Cruise Planners agents were able to immerse in the vibrant culture, attending a Mother Earth Ceremony, visiting multiple villages and enjoying a Peruvian Paso Horse Show.
"Traveling with the Cruise Planners Top Producers was such a magical experience as we hiked to the Inca Bridge, explored Machu Picchu and enjoyed other parts of Peru's culture," said Kristen Steele, Director, Key Partners for Globus Family of Brands. "I feel so fortunate to have such great partners and develop deeper friendships with the Cruise Planners family through culturally immerse travel."
Nearly 8,000 feet above sea level high up in the Andes mountains, Machu Picchu is an Incan civilization that flourished in the 15th century and remained undiscovered by outsiders until 1911. Cruise Planners agents had the opportunity to visit the site two days in a row, spending the evening at a nearby luxury hotel nestled into the Andes.
"Machu Picchu is breathtaking-and not just because the elevation quite literally takes your breath away!" said Fee. "Every element of the trip was planned so perfectly by Globus and it's so evident their team designs each itinerary with the utmost precision. Our Peru Supertour let us really dive into the Peruvian culture and just enjoy the moment knowing that everything was planned with our best interests in mind."
The opportunity to visit Machu Picchu and experience a Globus tour gives Cruise Planners travel agents first-hand insight that they are now sharing with their clients. Other travel partners on the trip included Vice President, Strategic Accounts at Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Joanne Schimelman, Vice President, Sales & National Accounts at Royal Caribbean International and Sam Combs, Vice President, Agency Sales at Travel Impressions.
The annual Top Producer Trips - which in the past have included Australia, India and the Galapagos Islands -consistently generate new sales for the agents in attendance, with agents noting they see a peak in client interest in these destinations and they are also able to provide a higher level of expertise on the products.
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 vacation and travel experiences for their clients. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. since 1994, Cruise Planners supports its network of franchise owners with innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, professional development and training with the industry's top executives. Cruise Planners and has been named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 15 consecutive years and was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology. Consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, Cruise Planners 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 and is recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel.
Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line including Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Viking Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, as well as many land vendors such as Travel Impressions and Sandals and Beaches Resorts. As an American Express Travel Representative, Cruise Planners maintains a reputation for quality and offers exclusive American Express Travel benefits such as Pay with Points. Cruise Planners has earned the American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award since 2004, as well as numerous marketing, technology, franchise and philanthropy awards including an International Franchise Association FranTech award for innovation, Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly and Travvy Awards from travAlliance media. Cruise Planners celebrates diversity and supports are troops as one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Visit our website, http://www.cruiseplanners.com, for more information or to view the complete list of awards and honors.
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