Royal Caribbean International has unveiled its 2008 Travel Partners of the Year awards, and Crucon Cruise Outlet Plus in Moultonborough, NH, was named the cruise line's top travel partner. It will receive the President's Award in recognition for Overall Outstanding Achievement. Cruise.com in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Cruise Planners in Coral Springs, FL, were awarded the Online Partner of the Year and the Home-Based Partner of the Year awards, respectively. Royal Caribbean International’s annual Travel Partners of the Year awards recognize top-performing travel agencies in the U.S. and Canada.
Crucon Cruise Outlet Plus, the cruise line said, has "consecutively generated significant annual growth by employing innovative marketing strategies to drive bookings among a loyal customer base and was particularly instrumental in promoting the South America and Australia and New Zealand cruises, some of Royal Caribbean's newest products."
Cruise.com, a Vacation.com-affiliated agency, was awarded Online Partner of the Year for generating bookings via
the Internet, and, for a second consecutive year, Cruise Planners, an American Express-affiliated franchise network, won Home-Based Partner of the Year award by innovating its sales strategy to drive business to its franchised network of more than 700 travel professionals.
Here is a list of other travel partners recognized by Royal Caribbean:
Corporate and Incentives Partner of the Year
Buy the Sea, Plantation, FL
2008 Southeast Regional Partner of the Year
WMPH, Delray Beach, FL
2008 Northeast Regional Partner of the Year
Largay Travel, Waterbury, CT
2008 Mid-Atlantic Regional Partner of the Year
AAA Carolinas, Charlotte, NC
2008 Mid-West Regional Partner of the Year
Gateway Travel, Farmington Hill, MI
2008 West Regional Partner of the Year
Cruise and Travel Masters, Salt Lake City, UT
2008 Canada Regional Partner of the Year
Transat Distribution Canada, Montreal, Canada