Norwegian Cruise Line has named Wilmington, Massachusetts-based World Travel Holdings (WTH), which includes CruiseOne and Cruises Inc., its 2011 Elite Travel Partner of the Year. World Travel Holdings was chosen for their continued commitment to the success of Norwegian Cruise Line, their overall revenue, year-over-year growth and loyalty to Norwegian’s brand. The agency is also a member of the line’s President’s Club Elite comprised of the top performing travel partners.
Norwegian Cruise Line also recognized the following travel partners in six other categories:
• Home-Based Agency of the Year: Avoya Travel/American Express of Miami, FL;
• Franchise Agency of the Year: Cruise Planners/American Express of Coral Springs, FL;
• On-line Travel Agency of the Year: Expedia Inc. of Bellevue, WA;
• Retail Agency of the Year: FC USA Inc. - Liberty Travel, GOGO Vacations and discountcruises.com of Ramsey, NJ
• Consortia Partner of the Year: Virtuoso of Ft. Worth, TX;
“The success of Norwegian Cruise Line relies on the support of our travel partners. We highly value our agency partners, recognize their achievements and appreciate their hard work and dedication to our brand. Congratulations to this year’s top agencies,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and chief executive officer. “In 2011, we renewed our commitment to the agency community with the introduction of Partners First, our corporate philosophy of putting travel partners first. We continue to look for new ways to enhance this commitment in order to continuously strengthen Norwegian’s relationship with our travel partners.”
“We are honored to receive Norwegian’s top award for 2011 – it’s Elite Partner of the Year,” said Bradley Tolkin, World Travel Holdings co-chairman and CEO. “WTH values our partnership with Norwegian and recognizes that their commitment to both the travel agency distribution system - and WTH in particular - has been critical in achieving a mutually successful partnership. I would like to thank our CruiseOne franchisees, our Cruises Inc. independent contractors and the hundreds of employees at WTH who embraced this relationship to make this happen.”
As a show of appreciation, World Travel Holdings receives the opportunity to sail in one of Norwegian’s luxurious 5,000 square-foot Garden Villas, the largest and most luxurious accommodations at sea, located in the exclusive Haven by Norwegian at the top of the ship on Norwegian Gem, Pearl, Jade and Jewel. All of the other winners will receive a cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on board Norwegian Epic, the company’s largest and most innovative ship.