WORLD TRAVEL HOLDINGS NAMED CELEBRITY CRUISES’ 2010 “PARTNER OF THE YEAR”
Miami, Fla. – November 18, 2010 – For the second time in three years, World Travel Holdings(WTH) – the nation’s leading cruise retailer, which includes CruiseOne, Cruises Inc., CruisesOnly, Cruises.com and a variety of other brands – has received national recognition fromCelebrity Cruises. Two years ago WTH was named “National Account of the Year,” and theyare excited to announce that they have recently been named “The 2010 Partner of the Year.” The2010 award was presented to company executives aboard the new Celebrity Eclipse.
Presenting the award was Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President of Sales for CelebrityCruises. Accepting on behalf of WTH was Jeff Tolkin, Co-Chairman/Co-CEO; David Crooks,SVP of Product and Operations; Dwain Wall, SVP/GM of CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.; JeffSmith, SVP, Customer Care; Jeff Sherota, SVP, House Brands Marketing; and Debbie Fiorino,VP Human Resources. Also witnessing the award presentation was a group of 35 agents fromWTH’s family of brands, including CruiseOne owners who were onboard Eclipse for theirannual “The Navigators Cruise” top producer celebration.
During the presentation, Dondra Ritzenthaler said, “World Travel Holdings is a world-classcompany and a world-class partner who year after year, continues to amaze Celebrity with anunrivaled level of commitment.” Ritzenthaler continued, “relationships like this one are notcreated overnight, they are built upon by good people doing great things consistently over manyyears. WTH and its agents are stars in the eyes of Celebrity. You all work hard every single dayin support of Celebrity Cruises and we cannot thank you enough. Your enthusiasm,professionalism and expertise are second to none. You are, no doubt, the secret ingredient in ourrecipe for success.”
According to Tolkin, “it was a true honor to receive the Celebrity Partner of the Year award onbehalf of the entire WTH family, aboard the beautiful Eclipse. It was especially gratifying tohave it presented to us with our top producing agents and many of our CruiseOne ownerspresent. It was their tremendous support of the Celebrity brand that made this possible.”
Crooks added, “the relationship WTH has with Celebrity is like none other – not only this year,but year after year. From the magnificent product Celebrity delivers to their support of theagency distribution channel through their "Go Ahead. Ask your travel agent." campaign,Celebrity consistently raises the bar for us and our customers. They have worked diligently toensure this remains a mutually beneficial and powerful partnership, and we are very proud of thiscollective achievement.”
Adding his thoughts on the award, Dwain Wall commented that “the franchise owners atCruiseOne are thrilled to receive this important and prestigious award. They have worked veryhard this year and I am proud to accept this on their behalf.”
Co-founded by Brad and Jeff Tolkin in 2005, World Travel Holdings (WTH) is a multi-brandtravel distributor with executive offices in Port Washington, New York and corporate offices inWilmington, Massachusetts. WTH owns and operates some of the nation’s leading cruisewebsites, including Cruise411.com, CruisesOnly.com, and Cruises.com. Other WTH-ownedbrands include Rooms.com, Vacation Outlet and Villas of Distinction. WTH's portfolio oflicensed partner brands includes BJ's Travel, Orbitz Cruises, Priceline.com Cruises, AmericanAirlines Cruises, continental.com cruises, and many others.
The company’s home-based division includes CruiseOne. CruiseOne, the nation's largest homebasedfranchise travel agent network, was founded in 1992 and currently has more than 700locations. CruiseOne is headquartered in a new state-of-the-art Fort Lauderdale, Floridaheadquarters office, which opened its doors in September 2010.
To become part of the CruiseOne family, visit www.CruiseOneFranchise.com.
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