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First Meeting of Carnival Cruise Lines Travel Agent Executive Forum Held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Posted on: August 27th, 2008 - Press Releases

FIRST MEETING OF CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES’ TRAVEL AGENT EXECUTIVE FORUM HELD IN FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.

 New Forum Includes Some of Cruise Industry’s Most Influential Travel Professionals Who Will Collaborate  with Carnival Executives on Various Cruise Industry Topics

             MIAMI (August 27, 2008) – The new Carnival Executive Forum – comprised of some of the most influential travel executives throughout the U.S. and Canada, along with key Carnival Cruise Lines executives – held its first meeting earlier this week in at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

            The new forum is designed to provide travel agents and Carnival executives with a forum to discuss issues relevant to the cruise industry, including product, sales and marketing policies, and distribution.  The forum will meet twice a year during intensive two-day conferences with members serving two-year terms.

            The travel agent executive forum will also provide Carnival management with a vehicle for enhancing their understanding of unique challenges faced by travel agents while looking for best-practice solutions that will benefit all parties involved.

            “Travel agents are the largest and most vital part of our distribution system. And while Carnival has always enjoyed an excellent relationship with the travel agent community, this new executive forum offers an opportunity to enhance our dialogue with agents while seeking new ways to make them more successful and profitable in today’s marketplace,” said Lynn Torrent, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and guest experience.

            The 19 travel agent members that comprise the Carnival Executive Forum were specifically chosen to represent a wide range of business models, including traditional “brick and mortar” agencies, home-based travel agents, consortia, and on-line retailers.  Additionally, the members represent agencies of different sizes and from various regions throughout the U.S. and Canada. The travel agent members include:

            Representative                       Travel Agency Name
            Roberta Christman               AAA Northern California – San Francisco
            Brad Anderson                       America’s Vacation Center – San Diego
            Sandy Cleary                           Cru Con Outlet – Boston
            Anthony Hamawy                Cruise.com – Fort Lauderdale
            John Keen                                Cruise consultant – Charlotte, N.C.
            Vicky Garcia                           Cruise Planners – Coral Springs, Fla.
            Michael Drever                      CruiseShipCenters – Vancouver, B.C.
            Ross Spalding                         Cruise Value Center – East Brunswick, N.J.
            Koreen Mcknutt                    Expedia – Seattle
            Joyce Landry                         Landry & Kling – Coral Gables, Fla.
            Makis Xenatos                        Liberty Travel – Ramsey, N.J.
            Jackie Friedman                    Nexion – South Lake, Texas
            Ed Rudner                                Online Vacation Center – Plantation, Fla.
            Marcia Rowley                       Our Vacation Center – Phoenix
            Filomena Andre                     Signature – Los Angeles
            Mark Jacobs                            The Cruise Line Limited – North Potomac, Md.
            Ken Lorey                                 Travelocity – Boston
            Emerson Hankamer             Vacations to Go – Houston
            David Crooks                          World Travel Holdings – Boston

            Carnival executives participating in the forum include President and CEO Gerry Cahill, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Guest Experience Ruben Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Sales and Guest Experience Lynn Torrent, Vice President of Field Sales Joni Rein, and Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships Edie Bornstein. Other members of Carnival’s senior management team will be participating in this function, as well.

            Carnival is the world’s largest and most popular cruise line, with 22 “Fun Ships” operating voyages of three to 18 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe and South America. 

            The line currently has two 130,000-ton ships on order — Carnival Dream, set to debut Sept. 21, 2009, and Carnival Magic, scheduled to enter service in June 2011.

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Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:  CCL; NYSE:  CUK), is a proud member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines.  Our exclusive alliance also includes Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together, we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

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