Cruise Planners Hosts 3 Intensive Travel Agent Boot Camps

The nation’s leading travel franchise group is offering enhanced regional training programs; expects hundreds of travel agents to attend Boot Camps throughout the U.S.

CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (PRWEB) January 26, 2016 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry, announced three separate Boot Camps to service Cruise Planners travel agents across the U.S. The Boot Camps will be hosted in Las Vegas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Atlantic City, N.J. This is all part of the brand’s award-winning and ongoing training program to keep Cruise Planners agents at the top of their game.

“Cruise Planners specializes in educating travel agents in many areas and by training them personally in their backyard, we are able to positively impact change,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “Our executive team is personally engaged and we take a hands-on approach to training. We know our agents who are most engaged are able to take their business to the next level and boost sales, so we want to help them throughout that process using our in-person and in-depth training.”

The Boot Camps are unique since they create face-to-face opportunities with Cruise Planners Home Office Team members and are an opportunity for franchise owners and associates to leave with take-away tips on growing their travel agent businesses. This year, Cruise Planners will focus on agent-requested topics such as sales training, public speaking, agent success stories, and true hands-on technology workshops with exercises and creating results-oriented action items.

Cruise Planners’ intensive Boot Camps will be hosted on:

  • Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from March 23-25
  • Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. from May 2-4
  • Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from May 10-12

Travel agents will be able to:

  • Learn directly from Cruise Planners’ top executives and company owners
  • Train on Cruise Planners’ proprietary technology through hands-on workshops
  • Engage with key partners through presentations and interactive, one-on-one networking events
  • Absorb tips and best practices from Cruise Planners’ top producers about how to run successful travel franchises

Through Boot Camps, Cruise Planners franchisees are able to interact with top representatives from major travel-industry brands and destination partners such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Travel Alberta, Visit Anchorage, Funjet Vacations, Air New Zealand Vacations and have time with each at a trade show featuring 50 preferred partners.

“Our goal 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 by connecting with our agent network,” Fee said. “We are known for having fun while learning, so we look forward to spreading our positive Cruisitude as we travel to agents around the nation.”

In addition to these Boot Camps, Cruise Planners hosts multiple six-day new franchisee training classes hosted in Fort Lauderdale throughout the year as well as offers hundreds of weekly webinars, a robust online training program, FAM trips, and a Business Development Team of coaches to help agents every step of the way.

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 1,400 franchise owners who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office Team positions franchise owners for success by providing 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 has been named the No.1 Cruise Tour/Travel Agency by Entrepreneur magazine for 13 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the Top 30 Franchise Innovators in Technology, has been consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, is listed on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by The Sun Sentinel.

Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. for more than 22 years, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include numerous Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly for the past seven years, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for 11 consecutive years (2004 – 2014), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement (2012 and 2014), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007-2013), Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2015), Celebrity Cruises Field Sales Account of the Year (2015), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013-2014) and Celebrity Cruises Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Best of the Best Globe Award (2008-2015), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009-2014), Platinum Member of the 500 Club for Sales Excellence (2014), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2015), Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Top Producer (2008-2014) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 Franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, 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 more information, visit

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SOURCE Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative 


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


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