2019 National Conference Revealed for Dream Vacations
Conference to take place aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas
September 27, 2018 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Home-based travel agency franchise owners with Dream Vacations were recently surprised on Facebook with a video announcement revealing the date, cruise and itinerary of the 2019 National Conference. Travel advisors will set sail from Miami aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas beginning Oct. 19, 2019, and cruise to Philipsburg, St. Maarten, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Royal Caribbean’s private island destination, Labadee, Haiti. The seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise will offer agents a wide array of educational opportunities, networking and the cruise line’s award-winning features and amenities - from simulated surfing and a zipline crossing the open-air atrium, to 23 pools and more than 20 dining venues - on board the world’s largest cruise ship.
“We’re beyond excited to welcome the Dream Vacations family on board our newest ship, Symphony of the Seas,” said Vicki Freed, senior vice president, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Royal Caribbean International. “The National Conference is a fantastic opportunity for travel advisors to spend an entire week hearing from top industry experts and experiencing Royal Caribbean’s leading entertainment, activities, destinations and dining firsthand. We received glowing feedback from the group last year on board Harmony of the Seas, and look forward to hosting everyone yet again in 2019.”
The most anticipated event of the year for agents with Dream Vacations, its annual National Conference at Sea was one of the first in the industry to entirely take place aboard a weeklong cruise. Each National Conference has an overarching theme that forms the foundation and centerpiece for the content during the conference and throughout the upcoming year. The itinerary is packed with non-stop educational and networking opportunities, as well as multiple fundraisers for signature charity Make-A-Wish®. Agents who attended last year’s National Conference experienced a 34 percent increase in performance.
“We are always looking for exciting and new ways to engage with our network of agents and decided it would be fun to surprise them with this news during a pre-scheduled special announcement I filmed with Vicki,” said Drew Daly, general manager of network engagement and performance for Dream Vacations. “Plus, we value feedback from our agents and heard them loud and clear that they want more advance notice as to dates of National Conference to ensure they can attend the best travel agent training at sea offered by a franchise or host agency.”
“My husband and I look forward to National Conference every year and we attribute our annual success to all the great ideas and support we gain each year by attending,” said Karen Quinn-Panzer, Dream Vacations franchise owner and vacation specialist in Milford, Ct. “Since we escort many groups, we were so happy to get 2019 dates announced early this year so we can plan group and personal travel around these dates and attend!”
The 2018 National Conference themed INSPIRE takes place Oct. 20-27, 2018, aboard Norwegian Bliss. Use the #InspireConference hashtag to follow the excitement leading up to the annual Dream Vacations conference, as well as for updates during the week at sea.
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