World Travel Holdings Receives Multiple 2011 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

Villas of Distinction and CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. Awarded Top Honors

November 22, 2011 // Franchising.com // Wilmington, MA - Villas of Distinction and CruiseOne & Cruises Inc., two of the brands owned by World Travel Holdings (WTH), a leading multi-brand travel distributor, have been recognized amongst others in the travel industry for their outstanding resources and services. Both have received 2011 Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly, one of the top travel industry publications.

Villas of Distinction, a premier luxury villa provider, secured a gold ranking in the “Online Travel Agent Services” category for their unique website, www.VillasofDistinction.com. The robust site features thousands of privately owned villas around the world and provides first-hand knowledge of the company’s villas and destinations. Because of the vital role travel agents play in the success of Villas of Distinction, the company created www.Villa-info.net to help benefit agents’ businesses even more. This innovative, travel agent-friendly version of their website boasts the same images and design as the original, but omits brand logos and contact information. The mutually beneficial site, which can also be linked to agents’ websites, allows agents to share accurate content regarding thousands of privately owned villas around the world directly with their clients.

CruiseOne, the nation’s leading cruise franchise, secured a silver ranking in the “Travel Agents and Agencies” category for one of their direct mail programs, Vacation Connoisseur. Vacation Connoisseur is a print publication showcasing land and sea deals from CruiseOne’s vacation specialists. Cruises Inc., the original host agency, secured a silver ranking in the same category for their live instructor-led “Virtual Training Program.” The program features a highly interactive curriculum and is available to all independent contractors through a series of webinars, podcasts and live chats.

Travel Weekly’s Magellan Award recognizes a wide variety of the travel industry’s leaders annually. This year, more than 450 entries were submitted for consideration and judged upon a 100-point performance scale. Nominees were chosen based upon appeal, design and functionality.

About World Travel Holdings:

Co-founded by Brad and Jeff Tolkin in 2005, World Travel Holdings (WTH) is a multi-brand travel distributor with executive offices in Port Washington, New York and corporate offices in Wilmington, Massachusetts. World Travel Holdings' owned brands include CruiseOne, Cruises Inc., Villas of Distinction, Cruises Only, Cruises.com, Rooms.com and Vacation Outlet. WTH's portfolio of licensed partner brands includes BJ's Travel, Orbitz Cruises, Priceline.com Cruises, American Airlines Cruises, Continental.com Cruises and many others.

About Villas of Distinction:

Villas of Distinction is a premier luxury villa provider that has helped travelers find their perfect vacation home for more than 20 years. Villas of Distinction represents thousands of privately owned villas available for rental in more than 50 luxurious destinations. The majority of Villas of Distinction’s offerings include private pools, butlers, maids and private chefs, making a luxury getaway possible for even the most budget-conscious vacationers. Named the Conde Nast Traveler 2010 Favorite Villa Company by the world’s most discerning travelers, Villas of Distinction takes pride in offering unforgettable, customized villa vacations to meet every imaginable need.

About CruiseOne & Cruises Inc.:

CruiseOne, the nation's largest home-based franchise travel agent network, was founded in 1992 and currently has more than 750 franchise locations. Cruises Inc., the original cruise travel host agency, was founded in 1982. Together, the companies’ 1,200+ agents are part of World Travel Holdings (WTH), the nation’s largest cruise retailer. CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. are industry leaders, providing agents with innovative support, training, marketing and technology programs to successfully grow their businesses. The companies have relationships with every major cruise line and many tour operators and as a result, offer the highest commissions in the business.

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