Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, becomes Trustee of Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce 2019

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Cruise Planners committed to the City of Coral Springs, where the company’s 135 team-member Home Office Team is located.

Caitlin Gardner, Cruise Planners’ Director of Corporate Communications, (third from left) accepts recognition for Cruise Planners leadership and impact on Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“I’ve lived in Coral Springs for more than 35 years, it’s where my kids grew up and where they attended school. So, when Cruise Planners was founded, I wanted to build a company close to home, creating a fulfilling work-life balance,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners.

Today, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative announced it is officially a Trustee member of the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce. Cruise Planners, the nation’s largest network of home-based travel advisors, consistently shows its dedication and contribution to the community of Coral Springs where the company was founded more than 25 years ago.

“I’ve lived in Coral Springs for more than 35 years, it’s where my kids grew up and where they attended school. So, when Cruise Planners was founded, I wanted to build a company close to home, creating a fulfilling work-life balance,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners. “When the company was founded, we had no idea how large it would become, and we are proud that we are able to contribute to our city in a positive way.”

Cruise Planners positive economic impact on Broward County includes ongoing travel advisor training sessions, STAR University, held solely at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center with more than 800 cruise and travel agents annually, as well as additional specialty training events such as the company’s annual convention, being held again this year at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida.

In addition, Cruise Planners has positively contributed to Broward County and Greater Fort Lauderdale’s tourism engine helping bring in the more than four million cruisers sailing from Port Everglades each year. Cruise Planners employs more than 135 team members and has been consistently voted “Top Workplaces in South Florida” by the Sun Sentinel.

Trustee members of the City of Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce are leaders in the community focused on business success and continued growth. The purpose of the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce Trustee program is to engage executive business leaders in active participation with the Chamber by forming alliances and leading the community while encouraging economic growth and ensuring that the City of Coral Springs and surrounding communities continue to be vibrant for generations to come. Cruise Planners is proud to be honored with the 2019 Business Excellence Award in the Large Company category by the Coral Springs Economic Development and will continue to be an active member of the community.

As a Trustee, Cruise Planners will have the opportunity to speak at monthly meetings. The company plans to continue forth with community involvement and make a positive impact on the City of Coral Springs.

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 2,500 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 16 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.

Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our media room or Socially Yours page for social media updates and handles. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit the Cruise Planners franchise website.

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