Cruise Planners Top Travel Advisors Visit Puerto Vallarta on Immersive Elite Summit Trip
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Cruise Planners Top Travel Advisors Visit Puerto Vallarta on Immersive Elite Summit Trip

Cruise Planners executives hosted hands-on training and gave back to the local community on the company’s first of two annual Elite Summit trips in 2019

CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (PRWEB) March 29, 2019 - Cruise Planners executives and top travel advisors traveled to Grand Fiesta Americana in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a hands-on training and celebration of its travel advisors’ outstanding annual sales during Cruise Planners’ Elite Summit trip. The exclusive trip was the first of Cruise Planners’ two Elite Summit trips for 2019 and also included industry partners from La Colección Resorts (Catherine Pawelek), Celebrity Cruises (Cory Wallace), Regent Seven Seas Cruises (Shawn Tubman), Oceania Cruises (Joe Eastep) and ShoreTrips (Andrea Khan).

“The one-on-one relationships we are able to form with our travel advisor network is part of what makes Cruise Planners so unique in the home-based travel agency space,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners. “The Elite Summit is a time when our travel advisors can celebrate their accomplishments while also getting to connect and learn from our team, our partners and each other, which in turn inspires them to grow their businesses even more.”

The highlight of the trip was a ShoreTrips “Give” activity, which allowed the group to volunteer at a local children’s organization, Volcanes Community Education Project, where they painted classrooms, read to students and gardened. Affirming its commitment to making a positive impact in the travel world, Cruise Planners’ nonprofit CP Cares donated $2,000 to the organization to support the art, music and reading intervention programs and English classes offered to local children. The trip also included an interactive visit to a family-run tequila distillery, giving travel advisors a “taste” of the experiences available for their clients in this region.

“Firsthand experiences are a great way for travel advisors to confidently recommend a product to clients and this ShoreTrips ‘Give’ activity was all about getting to know this area and most importantly, its people,” Fee said. “By bringing us to a community outreach center where we spent time with kids and got our hands dirty, we were able to help out while fostering connections with the locals. These are the moments that many travelers cherish, and we are proud to partner with ShoreTrips to give our travel advisors the opportunity to offer voluntourism activities such as this one in Mexico and the Caribbean.”

Even with the nation’s largest home-based travel advisor network, Cruise Planners maintains the atmosphere of the “CP Family” and believes in the tight relationships formed between the Home Office Team, its travel advisors and travel partners. Cruise Planners has hosted Elite Summit trips, formerly called the Top Producers Trip, for many years. In 2018, Cruise Planners added a second Elite Summit as more and more travel advisors continue to grow their businesses. Past trips include visits to bucket-list destinations such as Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands and India. This year’s second trip will take travel advisors to Africa in May for a safari in partnership with South African Airways Vacations.

About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative

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 2,500 franchise owners who independently book vacation and travel experiences for their clients. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. since 1994, Cruise Planners supports its network of franchise owners with innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, professional development and training with the industry’s top executives. Cruise Planners and has been named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 16 consecutive years and was also featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology. Consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, Cruise Planners 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 6 years and is recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel.

Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line including Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Viking Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, as well as many land vendors such as Travel Impressions and Sandals and Beaches Resorts. As an American Express Travel Representative, Cruise Planners maintains a reputation for quality and offers exclusive American Express Travel benefits such as Pay with Points. Cruise Planners has earned the American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award since 2004, as well as numerous marketing, technology, franchise and philanthropy awards including CLIA Travel Agency Innovator Award, an International Franchise Association FranTech award for innovation, Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly and Travvy Awards from travAlliance media. Cruise Planners celebrates diversity and supports our troops as one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Visit our website,, for more information or to view the complete list of awards and honors.

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Caitlin Gardner
Director of Corporate Communications and Digital Strategy
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative

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