Cruise Planners Franchise Owner, Julie Irovando, Honored on American Express Travel’s Winners List

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American Express Travel Forum Honors Cruise Planners Travel Advisor with Excellence in Card Benefits Fulfillment Award

(L-R) Tim Creber, VP, Enterprise Travel Strategy & Network Development, American Express; Julie Irovando, Cruise Planners Travel Advisor; Ernesto Lavandero, Director of U.S. Network, American Express

“We are beyond proud of Julie’s accomplishments and success,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative.

American Express Travel recognized, Julie Irovando, Cruise Planners franchise owner, with the prestigious Excellence in Card Benefits Fulfillment Award during the American Express Travel Forum in Los Angeles, California.

The award recognizes travel advisors for their commitment in fulfilling American Express card member benefits. An accolade that symbolizes a major career milestone that American Express Travel Representatives’ aspire to achieve.

“I love creating personalized itineraries for my clients that include unique experiences and offerings around the world. For travelers who have an American Express card, I enjoy finding ways to maximize their card member benefits to make the most of their vacation with amenities and services,” said Irovando. “Thanks to Cruise Planners long-standing support and constant innovation, my business has grown tremendously and I’m humbled to be honored with the American Express Excellence in Card Benefits Fulfillment Award.”

To be recognized, travel advisors must fulfill these card member benefits for American Express Card Holders with an outstanding satisfaction rating:

  • Cruise Privileges Program – Platinum and Centurion
  • Platinum Destination Vacations
  • Destination Family

Julie’s Story – Defying All Odds

Julie Irovando is a travel advisor with more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, specializing in group, family and leisure travel. Amidst running her successful franchise business, 2009 marked the year she was diagnosed with a typically fatal condition. Irovando made it apparent she would not let the condition stop her from living her life and running her business. Overcoming unique obstacles posed by her health condition, she not only managed, but excelled at operating her business and selling all types of travel.

Since then, Irovando has continued providing her clients quality caring service, exceeding expectations and propelling her way into one of the top three producing Cruise Planners’ travel franchises in the country.

Irovando’s other honors include:

  • Cruise Planners Millionaires Club Top Growth Award
  • Cruise Planners Top 5 for Luxury Cruise Sales
  • Cruise Planners Top Producer for Allianz
  • Cruise Planners Top Producer for Celebrity Cruises
  • Cruise Planners Top Producer for Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Cruise Planners Top Producer for Royal Caribbean International
  • Celebrity Cruises Sales Associate Travel Partner of the Year
  • Travel Agent Central Top 25 All Stars

“We are beyond proud of Julie’s accomplishments and success,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “Her hard work and overcoming tough obstacles is truly an inspiration to all. We thank Julie for being such a great representative for Cruise Planners and American Express Travel.”

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 No. 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 our 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.

Media Contact:
Caitlin Gardner, Director of Corporate Communications and Digital Strategy
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
CGardner@cruiseplanners.com
954-344-8060

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