November 08, 2013 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - From November 10 through November 17, the Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise system will gather onboard Royal Caribbean International’s® Allure of the Seas® ship for the company’s 21st annual National Conference.
The theme for the annual event, which is attended by Franchise Partners, Vacation Consultants, and travel industry executives, is "Navigators of Spectacular Vacation Experiences." The conference will celebrate the company’s achievements over the past year and announce new initiatives launching in 2014. It will include keynote speeches from industry leaders such as Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support and Service for Royal Caribbean, Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President of Sales at Celebrity Cruises and Andy Stuart, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Passenger Services for Norwegian Cruise Line.
"As we advance in our journey to develop a world class brand and sales organization, our annual conference provides our Franchise Partners and Consultants with the opportunity to learn skills from presentations, workshops and fellow partners that will ultimately increase their bottom line," said Matthew Eichhorst, President of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. "The best "ah ha" moments often come from collaboration and even the smallest idea can make the biggest difference to their business."
During the week-long event, attendees will also have plenty of time for fun with exclusive cocktail parties and free time in ports of call such as Nassau, St. Thomas, USVI and St. Maarten, VI.
"The national conference is a great opportunity for me to connect with other Franchise Partners and representatives from our preferred suppliers. The ability to have face-to-face conversations with other business owners and share our experiences makes it the most valuable seven days of my year," said Matt Velure, owner of Expedia CruiseShipCenter in Eugene, Ore. "Owning an Expedia CruiseShipCenters retail franchise has allowed my team and I to have a large presence in our community almost from day one. Our ability to provide local service with national value truly sets us apart from the competition. Our National Conference is just one example showcasing the power of the Expedia CruiseShipCenters brand."
Named a fast-growing franchise by MSN Money, Expedia CruiseShipCenters provides exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of more than 185 franchise locations. As part of Expedia, Inc., the company’s 4,000 Vacation Consultants have been navigating spectacular vacation experiences for customers across North America for more than 25 years. For more information on joining the Expedia CruiseShipCenters team, visit www.expediafranchise.com.
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