|Cruise Planners' top agents gathered in Israel recently. // (c) 2011 Cruise Planners|
Cruise Planners/American Express celebrated the hard work and dedication of a group of top producing travel agents by coordinating a visit through Israel with Educational Travel Services (ETS), a travel company specializing in trips to the Holy Land.
Cruise Planners/American Express CEO Michelle Fee and Vicky Garcia, senior vice president of sales and marketing, joined 29 top producing agents on the eight-day trip that included visits to Bethlehem, Mount Zion, Mount of Olives, Jericho, Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem.
"Our agents work hard and are dedicated to creating unforgettable vacations for their clients. This trip was a chance for us all to connect, unwind and create our own unforgettable expedition," said Fee, co-founder of Cruise Planners/American Express. "It is also important that our agents were here because now they can go back to their clients and, with their first-hand knowledge of traveling to the Holy Land, recount what a magical destination this is and further expand their role as a 'trusted travel advisor.'"
The group took a pilgrimage to visit the ruins of the ancient city of Jericho, Mount Zion and took a dip in the Dead Sea. To truly experience the Holy Land on a personal level, the group was also given time to explore their own spirituality at such holy sites as the Western Wall, a sacred site located in Jerusalem.
"The trip to Israel was an exhilarating and spiritual journey," said J.J Kuykendall, a top producing agent. "The connections we made on this pilgrimage will stay with me forever and having the opportunity to travel with Michelle Fee and Vicky Garcia was an experience I will never forget. To be asked by Home Office to take this trip because of our hard work as a Cruise Planners agent made every moment extra important and so very special for the group.”
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Services Representative, lays claim to be 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. Headquartered in Coral Springs, FL, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line.