Joni Rein, vice president of worldwide sales for Carnival Cruise Line, has announced that she will depart the company effective August 1.
Rein joined Carnival in 2008 as vice president of field sales and was named to her current position in 2009. Prior to her roles with Carnival, she was vice president of sales development for the North American office of Costa Cruises, a sister company of Carnival.
Rein and her team have launched numerous trade support, education and engagement initiatives, including the Carnival Conversations travel agent outreach program. She and her team also created the Carnival Passport online education tool, completed dozens of major investments and upgrades to the line’s travel agent Internet portal GoCCL.com, implemented a dedicated trade engagement team for travel agents and created an agent rewards program.
No replacement for Rein has been named at this point. Rein will stay in her position through August 1, and will continue to act as a consultant reporting directly to Lynn Torrent, executive vice president of sales and guest services for Carnival, through the end of the year.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of sales professionals to work with than the team here at Carnival – I’ve always said they are the best and most experienced team in the industry and I’ll miss them as well as the entire Carnival family greatly,” said Rein.
“My decision to depart the company was a difficult one, but I feel it’s the right time with brand and trade sentiment at their current levels and an incredible executive leadership team in place, all of whom I respect tremendously.”
Rein joined the travel industry more than 32 years ago as director of marketing for Certified Vacations. In addition, she held executive sales positions with Renaissance Cruises and Online Vacation Center.