|Franchise of the Year winners Cheryl and Ron Scavron with Debbie Fiorino // Photo by Chris Raccioppi|
At this year's CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. Conference onboard the new Norwegian Escape, the organizations honored their top franchise and agents at a multimedia awards presentation.
More than 100 agents were recognized for their achievements in sales, marketing, public relations, social media, IT and more, with a record number of agents being inducted into the 2015 Circle of Excellence, the highest achievement for CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. Scavron, Shatz & Associates of Pompano Beach, FL, was recognized as CruiseOne Franchise of the Year, while Donna Abbene of Kings Park, NY, was Cruises Inc. Agent of the Year.
|Agent of the Year winner Donna Abbene with Debbie Fiorino // Photo by Chris Raccioppi|
In other news from the conference, the headlining speaker at the morning general session was President and Chief Operating Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line Andy Stuart, who discussed the evolution of the cruise industry and Norwegian Cruise Line. Other presentations followed by Brad Tolkin, co-chairman and CEO of World Travel Holdings, and David Crooks, senior vice president of product and operations of World Travel Holdings. Tolkin looked at the larger picture of the travel industry and where CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. fits in, examining where the home-based brands are today and what their futures look like, while Crooks discussed the popular topic of attracting first-time cruisers.