Cruise Planners Introduces Boot Camps and Enhances Regional Training Program

Coral Springs, FL (PRWEB) May 06, 2014 - This week, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, is hosting its first-ever boot camp, which is part of the brand’s enhanced training program.

This year, Cruise Planners supersized its training program by rolling out eight regional trainings and two, intense boot camp sessions hosted by the brands’ owners and executive team. The trainings for Cruise Planners franchisees are designed to take each franchise’s business to the next level and boost sales. The goal of the training program is to ensure each travel agent can enhance their ability to sell new products, upsell or add value to existing packages and earn more commissions along the way.

"We are investing in our travel agents by training them personally in the field," said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. "We are activating the troops by inspiring them to grow their business and providing them direct access to in-person and in-depth training."

The new regional meetings and boot camps are face-to-face opportunities exclusive to Cruise Planners franchise owners and associates. At each training, travel advisors leave with a sales and marketing roadmap so they can focus on attracting new clients and retaining loyal clients.

Two-day boot camps hosted in Fort Lauderdale include:

  • In-person training by Cruise Planners’ top executives and company owners
  • Hands-on technology workshops
  • Key partner roundtable discussions and panels
  • Business development updates and training
  • Land travel and value-add training programs
  • Trade show showcasing 50 preferred partners

One-day regional trainings in major cities include: 

  • Training directly from Cruise Planners’ CEO, COO and VP of Technology
  • Updates on the brand’s latest sales and marketing tools and technology
  • Partner presentations on key destinations, cruise lines and land-based travel brands
  • Hosted on the road in key markets such as Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City and other major cities

Throughout training, Cruise Planners franchisees are able to interact with top representatives from major travel-industry brands such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, American Express Vacations, Globus Family of Brands, Celebrity Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and more.

"We are constantly evolving and our franchisees know we are here to support them," Fee said. "Adding more regional trainings and the intensive two-day boot camps provides our agents with more knowledge, confidence and tools for profitable success."

Cruise Planners already hosts multiple six-day new franchisee training classes hosted in Fort Lauderdale throughout the year as well as a robust online training program, Cruise Planners University.

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


Caitlin Murphy
Cruise Planners
+1 954-344-8060 Ext: 117


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