Travel Agents are “In It to Win It” at Cruise Planners Sold-Out 2014 Annual Convention

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Cruise Planners, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network, will be hosting its annual convention in Atlantic City, N.J. this fall with more than 500 travel agents expected to attend the sold-out event focused on how Cruise Planners franchisees have a competitive edge.

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, today announced the much-anticipated Cruise Planners 2014 Annual Convention. This year, the theme is "In It to Win It," which is Cruise Planners commitment to travel franchise owners and a fitting tie-in to the host city of Atlantic City, N.J.

“‘In It to Win It!’ represents how Cruise Planners travel agents have a competitive edge for success,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “As a company, we are committed to providing the highest level of education, training and networking opportunities so our agents are able to build their businesses, constantly innovate and earn profitable commissions.”

The annual convention will be held at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and will feature a five-day, fun-filled, interactive learning forum featuring the industry’s top travel and destinations partners. The schedule is designed to create an immersive environment so travel advisors can absorb the latest travel-related news and trends, while showcasing the company’s corporate culture full of positive Cruisitude™.

“We believe people learn better when they are having fun,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner. “Our home office team has developed a program focused around building each travel advisor’s skill set – no matter their experience level. Our goal is for everyone to take away action-items they can quickly use to grow their home-based business.”

Convention is Cruise Planners’ key event of the year where the company will release new programs and products for 2015, talk about travel trends and bring agents and travel partners together for the inside scoop. This is also an opportunity for travel advisors to learn from the executive team at Home Office, meet top partners from cruise and land companies, as well as share ideas and get inspired by other Cruise Planners agents. This year’s Cruise Planners convention will focus on luxury cruising, selling land and destinations, marketing skills, peer-to-peer collaboration, and loads more.

“Each year, we outdo ourselves and this year we have some impressive news to share, and we’re eager to see the agents’ reactions when we announce our new products,” Garcia said. “At Cruise Planners, we truly are a family, and our annual convention is like a family reunion for many of our agents, partners and the Home Office team.”

After the land portion of the convention, hundreds of agents will attend a two-night inaugural cruise on the newest Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, from its homeport of Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey on November 16.

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 franchise network of more than 900 experienced travel professionals who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office team positions franchise owners for success by providing them with innovative marketing, booking and lead-generating tools as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and was named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur for 11 consecutive years and was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology.

Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. for 20 years, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include a record 11 Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2013, Special Needs Group Accessible Travel Advocate Power Partners™ for 2012, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for eight years in a row (2004 – 2011), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2013), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement for 2012, Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2013) and Home-Based Agency of the Year (2010), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013) and Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Globe Award (2008 – 2012), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009- 2012), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, 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 information, visit

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Caitlin Murphy
Director of Public Relations, Cruise Planners-American Express Travel

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