Cruise Planners/American Express, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry, today announced it has promoted Laura Blanco to director of sales. In this position, she will assist Cruise Planners’ more than 700 franchise owners around the country with effective business solutions to increase sales and business growth.
Blanco joined Cruise Planners/American Express’ Home Office team in April 2010. She is being promoted from the company’s manager of tour department position.
“Laura quickly proved to be a valuable asset to our team,” said Vicky Garcia, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Cruise Planners/American Express. “We’re confident she will handle her new position with poise and drive our franchisees to great success for 2011.”
Prior to her tenure at Cruise Planners/American Express, Blanco held the position of business development manager for Costa Cruise Lines and Sandals and Beaches Resorts. Blanco is an accredited cruise counselor certified by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
About Cruise Planners/American Express
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Services Representative, is the largest home-based travel agent network in the cruise industry with more than 700 franchise owners across the country that independently book cruises and associated travel. Named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur magazine for the past eight years, Cruise Planners positions franchise owners for success by providing them with innovating marketing, booking and lead-generating tools as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives.
Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include Agency of the Year from American Express (2010), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2010), Norwegian Cruise Line Home-Based Agency of the Year (2010), Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year from Celebrity Cruises (2010), four coveted Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2010, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Awards (2004 – 2010), Globe Award from American Express Vacations (2010), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2010), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer (2009). For more information, please visit www.cruiseplannersfranchise.com.
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