CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (PRWEB) June 27, 2016 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, welcomes Stacie Faulds as its new Director of Marketing. Faulds joins Cruise Planners with more than 20 years of marketing communications experience at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau where she most recently served as the Director of Marketing. At Cruise Planners, the nation’s leading home-based travel agency network, Faulds will provide creative leadership as well as plan and implement strategic marketing, advertising and product development campaigns.
“I’m excited to see the Cruisitude™-filled energy and ideas that Stacie will bring to the Cruise Planners marketing team,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “She is results oriented and her creative thinking and passionate drive will be an invaluable asset as Cruise Planners continues to set the bar high by creating fresh, new and edgy campaigns.”
In her new role, Faulds will oversee the development of Cruise Planners’ portfolio of marketing programs designed to target travelers and boost franchise owners’ reach. As the No. 1 Travel Franchise to own, Cruise Planners provides each agent with branded marketing materials, allowing agents to focus on selling travel.
"I am proud to join the Cruise Planners team and contribute to its ongoing success as a forward-thinking and highly-regarded company in the travel industry with successful franchise owners and highly satisfied travelers worldwide,” Faulds said. “I’m ready to hit the ground running and continue the marketing momentum.”
At the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Faulds was an integral part of the team that rebranded Greater Fort Lauderdale from a spring break mecca to its current year-round international leisure and meetings destination through award-winning marketing programs, including the Hello Sunny brand campaign and award-winning Sunny.org website. Faulds has collaborated with Cruise Planners on marketing initiatives targeting Cruise Planners Travel Advisors, pre- and post-cruise visitors and LGBT-travel, including the successful Love is Love event in celebration on same-sex marriage equality. Faulds will continue this legacy while bringing her diverse background in tourism marketing to the role.
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 a nation-wide network of franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing, booking and technology 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 travel franchise 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 on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, has been ranked as the #1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 5 years in a row, and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel since it started ranking companies.
Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. with more than 22 years of experience, 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 Chairman’s Award (2015), 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 (2009-2012), 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 http://www.cruiseplanners.com.
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