CRUISEONE LAUNCHES MOBILE APP FOR FIRST-EVER LAND & SEA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
More Than 600 Travel Professionals Registered to Attend Seven-Day Event, Set for
October 14-21, 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort & Aboard Disney Dream Cruise Ship
CruiseOne® & Cruises Inc.™ – which comprise one of the nation’s top travel retail networks as part of World Travel Holdings (WTH) – today announced the launch of an innovative mobile app for their joint 2012 National Conference. Themed “Creating Magical Memories” in cooperation with Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line, this year’s event will mark a first by taking place both on land and at sea. In addition to the launch of the app, several other CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. firsts are expected to be announced during the festivities, as the companies celebrate their 20th and 30th anniversaries, respectively.
“Historically speaking, we have maintained a focus on evolution, especially within our training, agent support and marketing initiatives,”
said Dwain Wall, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CruiseOne® & Cruises Inc.™ “Now more than ever, we are committed to exceeding expectations, especially in ways that simplify life and business for our agent community.”
For the past 17 years, CruiseOne® franchisees and Cruises Inc.™ independent contractors have come together for National Conference, a week of continuing education programming including interactive, motivational general sessions, keynotes, workshops and power networking opportunities. The event has grown in both size and scope. As the companies look to showcase their expanded land program and full-service travel planning capabilities, the 2012 National Conference festivities will begin with four nights at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, followed by three nights aboard Disney Dream
Designed with the specific needs of National Conference attendees in mind, the companies’ mobile App will keep those who are registered in the know over the next 90 days, with real-time programming updates and event-related announcements. While on-site during the October festivities, the App will provide:
- Speaker biographies and images
- Vendor and company profiles
- Session names, descriptions, times and locations
- Interactive maps of event venues, theme parks and Disney Dream’s deck plans
- Real-time curriculum updates
- Customizable schedules for individual attendees
- Real-time photo uploads, photo sharing and social networking opportunities
“With a proprietary booking engine, customized agent websites, intranet, email communications tools and more, we have made our mark as true industry leaders, staying ahead of the curve and providing cutting-edge technology to our agents, as well as consumers,” said Wall. “This is the year for innovation at CruiseOne® & Cruises Inc.™ and this new App is just the beginning.”
For more information on the 2012 National Conference or to become part of the CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. family, with the opportunity to attend similar continuing education events in the future, visit the companies’ recruitment websites at www.CruiseOneFranchise.com or www.SellCruises.com.
About CruiseOne® & Cruises Inc.™:
CruiseOne®, the nation’s largest home-based franchise travel agent network, was founded in 1992. Cruises Inc.™, the original cruise travel host agency, was founded in 1982. Together, the companies’ 1,200+ franchise owners and independent agents are part of World Travel Holdings (WTH), one of the nation’s top travel retail networks. CruiseOne® & Cruises Inc.™ are industry leaders, providing agents with innovative support, training, marketing and technology programs to successfully grow their business. The companies have relationships with every major cruise line and many tour operators and as a result, offer the highest commissions in the business. Both are consistently recognized for their efforts, including being named Royal Caribbean’s “Partner of the Year,” Celebrity Cruises’ “National Account Partner of the Year” and Carnival Cruise Line’s “Travel Partner of the Year.”
A proud member of the International Franchise Association (IFA), MinorityFRAN, and VetFRAN, CruiseOne® is consistently ranked as a franchise leader, including being named to Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top 500”, Forbes magazine’s “Top 20 Franchises to Start,” the Franchise Market’s “Top 100 Companies,” and FranchiseBusinessReview’s “Top Low-Cost Franchises.” The company was the only travel industry company named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s 2012 Military Friendly Franchises® list.
About Disney Cruise Line
Based in Celebration, Fla., Disney Cruise Line is focused on providing a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and kids can immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create. Most recently, the company was recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the top “Cruise Ships of the World,” with the Disney Magic being voted No. 1 and the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder tying for No. 2. Travel + Leisure magazine also ranked Disney Cruise Line the No. 1 Large-Ship Cruise Line for Families.