SAN DIEGO, 31 August 2017: Carnival Corporation was honored by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) with the 2017 ASTA Supplier Partner of the Year Award for its commitment to travel agents.
ASTA’s president and CEO, Zane Kerby, presented the cruise-line company with the award at the ASTA Global Convention 2017 in San Diego following a keynote address by Carnival Corporation president and CEO, Arnold Donald, during which he highlighted the key role of travel agents in growing demand for cruise vacations in North America.
The ASTA Supplier Partner of the Year Award was established to recognise the partner who has impressed the agency community most by offering the best service and by helping agencies with attractive agency compensation and creative pricing.
“Travel agent professionals have been and continue to be extremely crucial to our success as an industry, and we are committed to ensuring our agent partners have the tools they need to be successful ‘matchmakers’ in pairing their clients with the best cruise line and ship for a vacation that exceeds all expectations,” said Donald.
Carnival Corporation and its brands have established several travel agent-focused programmes – like Carnival Cruise Line’s “Agentpalooza” – to help travel professional partners better understand and then convey each line’s offerings, specialties and differentiators.
“We are thrilled to recognize Carnival Corporation and CEO Arnold Donald as the ASTA Supplier Partner of the Year,” said Kerby. “Carnival Corporation and its brands understand that travel advisors are a critically important distribution channel who can help build lifelong advocates for the fast-growing cruise sector, and that a partnership approach with sharing of tools and resources is necessary to help agents be the most successful they can be.”
Carnival Corporation is the world’s largest leisure travel company with a portfolio of 10 brands that include nine of the world’s leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK), as well as Fathom.
Together, these brands operate 103 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 17 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2018 and 2022.