Top Franchisees recognized and Announce 2017 National Conference

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (December 8, 2016) – The red carpet was rolled out for CruiseOne® and Dream Vacations agents at the annual awards ceremony. In addition to honoring the top agents, the crowd was surprised with a special announcement of the 2017 National Conference venue.  

Similar to the Tony’s, this year’s awards ceremony was a Broadway-style production, complete with “Grease” sing-a-longs and a celebration of agents’ accomplishments throughout the year. 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 2016 Circle of Excellence, the highest achievement for CruiseOne and Dream Vacations.  Richard and Cheryl Butz of Northampton, Pa. were recognized as CruiseOne Franchise of the Year. In addition, the home-based travel agencies announced that Dream Vacations Franchise Owner Mara Hargarther was recognized as the first-ever “Godmother of National Conference,” for her contributions to the network.  

Dressed as a member of the Pink Ladies from “Grease,” Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, Sales, Trade Support and Service for Royal Caribbean International, surprised the crowd with the announcement that the 2017 National Conference will take place aboard the brand new Harmony of the Seas. The audience celebrated with a flash mob of the Hand Jive.   

To follow the excitement this week aboard the Carnival Vista use the #BelieveConference hashtag. 

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