March 04, 2008 // Franchising.com // - Cruise Planners, a South Florida-based national cruise agency with a franchised network of more than 700 experienced travel professionals, was recently named a winner of the American Express Travel 2007 Representative Excellence Award. This marks the fourth straight year that Cruise Planners has received this prestigious award, which honors the achievements of the Representative Travel Network member agencies that have reached superior sales results with the highest year-over-year sales growth.
"It took determination, focus and a lot of hard work to attain the level of performance required to receive a Representative Excellence Award; and I am pleased to recognize Cruise Planners," said Ellen Bettridge, vice president, U.S. Retail Travel Network, American Express Travel. "Cruise Planners has represented the American Express brand well and delivered extraordinary results in 2007."
Cruise Planners' fourth consecutive Representative Excellence Award continues a recent spate of honors for the top cruise agency franchisor. In February 2008, the company was inducted into Carnival Cruise Lines' esteemed Pinnacle Club. In January 2008, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Cruise Planners as the #1 cruise agency franchise for the fifth consecutive year (2004-2008). Royal Caribbean International also named the company "Homebased Partner of the Year" in December 2007.
Michelle Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners, commented on the latest award, stating: "We count our association with American Express among our strongest selling points, both in terms of generating client sales as well as attracting the best and brightest new cruise agent franchisees. This award further bolsters our leadership position, which gives us a nice boost toward achieving our goals for sales growth and expanding our franchise network."
Founded in 1994, Cruise Planners is an American Express Travel Services Representative national cruise agency headquartered in Coral Springs, FL, that operates a franchised network of 700+ experienced travel professionals who independently book cruises and other associated travel. Cruise Planners annual gross sales exceed $100 million. Cruise Planners has achieved the highest industry awards year after year; Royal Caribbean's Homebased Partner of the Year (2007), Carnival's Pinnacle Club (2008), Carnival's Agency of the Year (2005), American Express Travel Services Rep Excellence Award (2004-2007) and Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500® ~ ranked #1 cruise agency franchise (2004-2008), to name a few.
For more information about Cruise Planners, including details on how to become a Cruise Planners agent, please call 1-888-582-2150 or visit www.beacruiseagent.com.