Cruise Planners Caitlin Murphy Wins Rising PR Stars 30 & Under Award

Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) December 18, 2014

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nations largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry, announced today that Director of Public Relations, Caitlin Murphy, has been presented with the Rising PR Stars 30 & Under award from PR News.

Murphy has been with Cruise Planners for more than a year and hit the ground running in this newly created role. As Director of PR, she focuses on day-to-day public relations efforts focused on media relations, executive visibility, reputation management and franchise development.

We believe in surrounding ourselves with dedicated, hard-working team players who exemplify our corporate culture and Caitlin has gone above and beyond that expectation, said Vicky Garcia COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative. As Cruise Planners continues to evolve, Caitlin is a PR powerhouse who has become a major asset to our company with positive Cruisitude.

PR News honored Murphy along with other finalists as top public relations professionals who took chances and made remarkable strides in their communications efforts at the PR People Awards Luncheon, held on December 9, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Murphy was recognized for her incredible efforts in her role at the company.

Caitlin is a true team player who works strategically on a cross-functional level, Garcia said. Her role as a PR pro has stretched to various parts of the business from traditional PR to social media education and website Search Engine Optimization to enhancing vendor relationships. We are proud of her national award recognition.

About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nations largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a franchise network of more than 1,000 franchise owners who are experienced travel professionals who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office team positions franchise owners for success by providing them with innovative marketing, booking and lead-generating tools as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industrys top executives. The company continues to be lauded and was named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur for 11 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology and named to the Fast 50 by the South Florida Business Journal.

Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. for 20 years, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include a record 11 Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2013, Special Needs Group Accessible Travel Advocate Power Partners for 2012, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for eight years in a row (2004 2011), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 2013), Royal Caribbean International Presidents Award for Overall Achievement for 2012, Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2013) and Home-Based Agency of the Year (2010), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013) and Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Globe Award (2008 2012), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009- 2012), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For information, visit

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