Miami‚ FL‚ June 14‚ 2005 — Interval International‚ a leading global vacation exchange company‚ announced that Interval Travel has received the Pinnacle Award‚ Carnival Cruise Lines’ highest sales achievement recognition‚ for the sixth consecutive year. This tribute is given to travel agencies that exhibit excellence in promoting and selling the “Fun Ship” cruise experience and demonstrate exceptional professionalism and outstanding support of the Carnival product.
“Our Pinnacle Award program was created to honor top producing agency partners that have made significant contributions to our success‚” said Bob Dickinson‚ president of Carnival Cruise Lines. “Travel agencies are the cornerstone of our business and we are delighted to recognize Interval Travel for its expertise‚ professionalism‚ and dedication.”
“We are proud to be a recipient of the Pinnacle Award because it acknowledges our cruise advisors’ commitment to providing our member families with superior customer service‚” said Raul Estrada‚ vice president of member services for Interval International. “Our members love to cruise and Carnival offers exciting vacation experiences that extend the options we provide them.”
Research has shown that Interval’s U.S. members are more than three times as likely than the typical U.S. adult to have taken a cruise vacation in the past three years. In addition‚ research indicates that six out of every 10 Interval U.S. members intend to take a cruise vacation in the future.
The Interval Travel Cruise Desk has operated since 1997 in response to the increasing interest in cruising and services the needs of the company’s North American consumer member families. In 1999‚ Interval introduced its cruise exchange option‚ which allows members of Interval’s upgraded benefits program – Interval Gold® – to relinquish their timeshare week towards a cruise vacation.
The Interval Travel Cruise Desk is a Cruise Lines International Association Booking Agency or “CLIA” certified.
About Interval International
Since 1976‚ Interval International has led the vacation ownership industry with its hallmarks of quality and innovation. Interval has a global network of over 2‚000 resorts in 75 countries‚ and serves its developer clients and more than 1.7 million members – worldwide timeshare vacation owners – through 27 offices in 18 countries. Interval provides a variety of exchange services and year-round travel related benefits to enhance member vacation experiences. Headquartered in Miami‚ Florida‚ Interval International is part of IAC‚ which operates leading and diversified businesses in sectors being transformed by the Internet‚ online and offline. Other IAC companies include Ticketmaster‚ HSN‚ Lending Tree‚ Citysearch‚ and Entertainment Publications.
About Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines is a member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines alliance‚ which also includes Holland America Line‚ Princess Cruises‚ Cunard Line‚ Seabourn Cruise Line‚ Costa Cruises and Windstar Cruises. Together‚ these members share a commitment to quality and value‚ offering cruise vacations that appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets and sail to some of the world’s most exciting destinations. Carnival is the leader in the contemporary market of the cruise industry.
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