A Very Special Thank You
Hope you have great plans for this upcoming holiday weekend... and that the dastardly Hurricane Earl won't put a damper on them. As I'm traveling to the East Coast and on to Bermuda in the coming week I, too, am watching the storm and wondering what impact it will have, both on land and at sea. (By the way, if you're wondering about cruising in hurricane season, you might want a look back at an article I wrote back in 2008 on the topic: It's That Time Again - Hurricane Season.)
This post is a bit of a departure, as it's not to promote any new specials or promotions, but instead to simply say thank you.
Over the 3 years that CruiseResource News Blog has been in existence, I've been blessed to meet and work with many of you. Every day, I'm living my dream to be able to be in this industry, help travelers with their cruise plans, and travel the world along the way.
Yesterday, it was announced that because of all of you, I have been named one of the Top 25 Agents for 2010 by Travel Agent magazine. I'm humbled by this, and it inspires me to work even harder to represent your needs to the cruise lines and to do the best job I can for you on your cruise bookings.
If you're interested, the text of the press release is below.
I'm working on putting together a special thank you for you all. Stay tuned for a feature article here and on the blog planned for later in September, subject to some production time schedules.
Thank you all for your loyalty and support. I look forward to many, many more years of working with you and sharing whatever wisdom and information I can to make your travels more enjoyable.
(AURORA , CO) – 9/1/10 – Aurora-based CruiseOne Franchise Owner Amber Blecker, ECC, LCS, today has been named one of the Top 25 Agents for 2010 by Travel Agent magazine. Blecker – a renowned cruise specialist whose efforts have garnered widespread national media attention, including USA Today, Budget Travel Magazine, Fodor’s Cruise Travel Guides, MSNBC, CNN and SmarterTravel - was selected from hundreds of applicants across the United States.
“I’m so honored to have been selected for this award. Every day presents a new challenge bringing my personal travel experience together with my clients’ requests to ensure we create their dream vacations. My best reward is hearing their excitement when they return home and look toward their next adventure.”
Over the past 7 years, Blecker has worked with virtually every type of traveler as a CruiseOne cruise specialist, including couples, families, groups, luxury vacationers, river cruise vacationers and business/incentive groups. Travel Agent highlighted her expertise specifically in solo travel, a rapidly emerging segment of the travel industry. Blecker is the founder of SoloCruiseResource.
Blecker has received many other awards for her work, including taking top honors from her company. She has been named Agent of the Year, Top Luxury Sales, Top Producer for Celebrity Cruises, Viking River Cruises and Crystal Cruise Line. She also holds the prestigious Elite Cruise Counselor and Luxury Cruise Specialist designations from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
“We are thrilled that Amber Blecker has been named one of Travel Agent’s Top 25 Agents in 2010,” said Dwain Wall, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CruiseOne. “Amber is one of the most passionate people about travel I’ve ever met and has excelled since coming onboard with the CruiseOne family. She is a true star!”
To book a cruise vacation with CruiseOne Aurora Franchise Owner Amber Blecker, call 303-690-8997 or log onto ablecker.cruiseone.com. Sign up to follow Blecker’s CruiseResource News Blog at blog.cruiseresource.com or visit her Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/cruiseresource and www.facebook.com/solocruiseresource.
About Travel Agent Magazine’s Top 25 Agent List
The agents receiving the award are recognized based on exceptional customer service, remarkable expertise in specific destinations, dedication to their craft and most importantly, a commitment to excellence. In compiling their list, Travel Agent Magazine looked at sales volume, travel specialties and destinations, certifications, associations and affiliations, challenges faced in the industry, dream trips put together for clients, endorsements from suppliers and clients, along with agent’s pure dedication and willingness to go above and beyond for a client.