FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - CruiseOne, Dream Vacations, and Cruises Inc. announced that its 2020 National Conference will now be held virtually from November 9-12; it was originally scheduled to take place aboard Celebrity Apex during the same week. The decision to “Lift and Shift” was made to ensure that an exceptional conference onboard could still be delivered, and with so much uncertainty in the current environment, that wasn’t feasible.
“Even though we cannot reunite in person for a fun-filled week of learning, networking and fun aboard the beautiful Celebrity Apex, our ultimate goal is to replicate the onboard conference experience virtually,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. “What we are most excited about this year is that even more people will be able to attend and get a taste of what our National Conference is all about.”
The Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. training program is nationally recognized, and its National Conference is lauded by travel industry suppliers as one of the most comprehensive in the industry. To add to its prestige, this year for the first-time ever conference attendees who have earned the distinction of Certified Travel Associate (CTA), Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) or Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) with The Travel Institute will earn the required 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUS) as part of their annual continued education.
The home-based travel agencies are no strangers to hosting virtual events as three of its five regional trainings were virtual this year. The CruiseOne, Dream Vacations, and Cruises Inc. training and events team plans to elevate the Virtual Regional Training experience to the next level for National Conference by integrating even more interactive and engaging events. Just like onboard, attendees will have the opportunity to attend general sessions, workshops and networking mixers; meet one-on-one with industry executives and members of the headquarters team; and participate in online fundraising events for signature charity Make-A-Wish.
“I was originally unable to attend National Conference, but after experiencing our Virtual Regional Trainings I am so excited to attend National Conference virtually and re-connect with all of my travel industry friends,” said Aggie Batista, Dream Vacations franchise owner and vacation specialist in Rockaway Park, N.Y. “The Dream Vacations headquarters team has gone above and beyond this year to keep our network’s morale high and to make sure we are educated on the latest industry news and engaged with each other.”
Using Celebrity Cruises’ Lift & Shift policy, the 2021 National Conference will be held November 13 – 20, 2021, aboard Celebrity Apex.