World Travel Holdings Named Celebrity Cruises’ 2010 “partner Of The Year” | Be The Boss



Mar 11, 2013

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., Cruises Only, and a variety of other brands – has received national recognition from Celebrity Cruises. Two years ago WTH was named “National Account of the Year,” and they are excited to announce that they have recently been named “The 2010 Partner of the Year.” The 2010 award was presented to company executives aboard the new Celebrity Eclipse.

Presenting the award was Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President of Sales for Celebrity Cruises. 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.; Jeff Smith, 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 from WTH’s family of brands, including CruiseOne owners who were onboard Eclipse for their annual “The Navigators Cruise” top producer celebration.

During the presentation, Dondra Ritzenthaler said, “World Travel Holdings is a world-class company and a world-class partner who year after year, continues to amaze Celebrity with an unrivaled level of commitment.” Ritzenthaler continued, “relationships like this one are not created overnight, they are built upon by good people doing great things consistently over many years. WTH and its agents are stars in the eyes of Celebrity. You all work hard every single day in 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 our recipe for success.”

According to Tolkin, “it was a true honor to receive the Celebrity Partner of the Year award on behalf of the entire WTH family, aboard the beautiful Eclipse. It was especially gratifying to have it presented to us with our top producing agents and many of our CruiseOne owners present. 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 the agency 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 to ensure this remains a mutually beneficial and powerful partnership, and we are very proud of this collective achievement.”

Adding his thoughts on the award, Dwain Wall commented that “the franchise owners at CruiseOne are thrilled to receive this important and prestigious award. They have worked very hard 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-brand travel distributor with executive offices in Port Washington, New York and corporate offices in Wilmington, Massachusetts. WTH owns and operates some of the nation’s leading cruise websites, including,, and Other WTH-owned brands include, Vacation Outlet and Villas of Distinction. WTH's portfolio of licensed partner brands includes BJ's Travel, Orbitz Cruises, Cruises, American Airlines Cruises, cruises, and many others.

The company’s home-based division includes CruiseOne. CruiseOne, the nation's largest homebased franchise travel agent network, was founded in 1992 and currently has more than 700 locations. CruiseOne is headquartered in a new state-of-the-art Fort Lauderdale, Florida headquarters office, which opened its doors in September 2010.

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