Cruise Planners December LB 2017

Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld: A Must-Attend Industry Event

HEADSHOT.Jan2014Mary Pat Sullivan CTC

Travel Weekly has had a long-standing partnership with The Travel Professional Community. Bringing members of this community to CruiseWorld each year is critically important to the success of the event and to the caliber of travel advisor attendees. Both Joanie and Tom Ogg have been supportive of CruiseWorld from its inception and both are esteemed speakers. This year’s CruiseWorld event will take place Nov. 11-13 in Fort Lauderdale. The event will include three days of jam-packed general sessions, more than 30 breakout sessions, a selection of 14 ship inspection options, five hosted meal functions and significant networking opportunities. A one-day exhibitor showcase will be held on Thursday, November 12 with more than 200 suppliers on hand representing every segment of the travel industry.

Today’s travel professionals are often working at home and don’t have the chance to interact in person with their peers and with their supplier partners, so we want to be sure they understand the amazing, dynamic industry of which they are such an important part. We have made it our mission to bring the industry’s leaders to them and let them feel the energy, hear the plans and be reminded that they have, in fact, made a fabulous career choice.

Categories for supplier participation at this year’s event include: airlines, attractions, business tools, cruise, destinations, hotels and resorts, professional services, and tour and vacation packages. Among the fastest growing categories this year is the destination portfolio.

Among the suppliers offering training at CruiseWorld are: November 10: Clientbase, Club Med, VAX VacationAccess, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Norwegian Cruise Line and the destination of Montreal; November 11: Alaska – Visit Anchorage, Avalon Waterways, Avoya Travel, Exclusive Group Travel, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Carnival Cruise Line, CCRA Commercial Travel Network, Disney, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, and Nexion.

The Travel Professional Community will be represented by several members as peer speakers and, of course, by Joanie Ogg as a general session moderator, co-leader of the dynamic Wednesday evening Think Tank session and a breakout session leader as well.

Joanie’s session on Friday, “Fast Track to Success – Establishing & Managing Your Home Based Travel Business” will explore the myriad of choices and decisions to be made as you begin and manage your travel business. Understanding the options and opportunities will enable you to drive your business on the road to continuing success and make your dreams of owning your own business a reality.

In addition to Joanie, other community members participating as speakers include Geoff Millar, Craig Satterfield, Dave Holman, Jason Olson, Sally Black, Lou Edwards and others. CruiseWorld’s event programming on Friday, November 13 features sessions from diverse educational tracks: Getting Down to Business, What’s Trending, Strategies to Grow, Advanced Agency Management and Expanding Your Horizons.

Travel Weekly’s editor in chief Arnie Weissmann will lead one-on-one discussions each day with a different CEO. November 11 will kick off with Arnold Donald, Chief Executive Officer, Carnival Corporation. Thursday will open with Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. And Friday will begin with Frank Del Rio, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Two panel discussions will bring another 20 industry leaders to the stage over the course of two days.

Closing Friday’s general session will be a first for CruiseWorld as Karl Holz, President of New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide at The Walt Disney Co. addresses attendees.

For more information on Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld, the ship inspection roster and the full conference program, visit Be sure to use the code HBTA to receive a special Travel Professional Community discount of $25 off our conference registration.