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Cruise Planners Hosts its First Boot Camp + Tech Day Combination Seminar for Travel Advisors in Anticipation of Strong Season

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Jan. 23, 2023 – In order to help prepare advisors for a robust 2023 travel season, Cruise Planners hosted their first ever Boot Camp + Tech Day training seminar in Fort Lauderdale from Jan. 20-22. In previous years, both events were stand-alone workshops but due to advisors’ suggestions, Cruise Planners will offer two of these combined workshops, with the second taking place later this year in Las Vegas.

“We often hear from advisors how valuable being able to attend Boot Camps and Tech Days are, but due to other commitments, aren’t able to attend both,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners. “We are thrilled that we can offer this combination of workshops so advisors can get the most out of our award-winning training and ride this WAVE season with confidence.”

Tech Days are dedicated to familiarizing advisors with the numerous proprietary and custom-build technology tools created to streamline the booking process and beyond for the Cruise Planner advisor network.  Boot Camps offer an in-person learning event with home office presenters, supplier training, sales skills, social media programs, business analytics and technology workshops with results-oriented action items.

“We work very hard to create tools that will streamline the workflow for our advisors and being able to utilize them at max potential is what Tech Days are all about,” said Brian Shultz, Cruise Planners Chief Information Officer. “We have several exciting new applications such as LivePlanner, Trip Summary 2.0, Destination Hub and Amenity Tracker so we know this will be a valuable session for our advisors to help with the strong wave of travel bookings.”

Sessions included:

  • LivePlanner – This session focused on Cruise Planners patent-pending application that allows advisors to have a real-time, live consultation session with their clients.
  • Task Manager – This session was a deep-dive into all things Task Manager. From templates, to tags and everything in between, our team took the attendees on a guided tour of how Tasks can help keep them organized.
  • Ask Maxx – A free-form session where advisors got to ask the Tech leadership any questions they had from any of the various tools they have to work with.
  • Social Media – The exclusive CPsocial Program continues to help franchisees grow their digital marketing with tips and tools on social, search and online reputation.
  • Find a Hotel– Powered by Navitrip, this new booking engine allows advisors to search over 100,000 hotels and adjust their commission and savings for their clients by using a simply toggle bar.
  • Trip Summary 2.0 – Trip Summary 2.0 is a major enhancement to our current Trip Summary too that allows advisors to easily create a Trip Summary for their clients with a few clicks of button.

The Boot Camp portion included a robust trade show and panels with over 45 supplier partners and a special presentation on Land Travel. This is the first of five nation-wide Boot Camps, with another combo with Tech Day in Las Vegas (Feb 24-26) and the other three slated for Boston (Feb 3-4), Orlando (Feb 17-18), Dallas (March 3-4).

 

Company Background

Cruise Planners was founded in 1994 and is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network. As a leader in the travel franchise industry, Cruise Planners positions a nation-wide network of 2,500 franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing programs, proprietary and cutting-edge booking and technology tools, as well as professional development and travel agent training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be an industry leader and was named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 18 consecutive years and awarded by Franchise Business Review as “Best-In-Category” for 2 years.

 

Franchise Business Review also ranked Cruise Planners #3 OVERALL on their list of Top 200 Franchises of 2022. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, has been consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel.

 

Visit our website, www.cruiseplanners.com, for more information or to view the complete list of awards and honors. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit https://www.cruiseplannersfranchise.com/.