For Immediate Release
May 27, 2016 

 Contact:  
Michael Graham

10764 Hwy 707, #1 Salem Shoppes

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
 
843-732-2582
 
mgraham@cruiseplanners.com
   

MICHAEL GRAHAM CHOSEN AS ELITE TRAVEL EVENT AMBASSADOR

Travel Weekly and TravelAge West choose top travel professionals to participate in 2016 Global Travel Marketplace events

Murrells Inlet, SC - Travel Weekly and TravelAge West are proud to announce that professional travel advisor Michael Graham was selected to attend a Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) event. More than 800 applications are received for the approximate 200 spots available across the two exclusive events.

Over the course of two-and-a-half days, GTM connects top-producing travel advisors in North America with leading cruise, hotel, tour and destination suppliers through one-on-one appointments, Boardroom presentations and numerous networking events.

GTM takes place at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale, Florida, August 21-23, 2016.

Only the top-performing advisors in the industry are selected to attend the award-winning event. Applicants undergo a rigorous screening process, which evaluates their business model, confirms annual sales and requires industry references.

“It was an honor to be selected by Travel Weekly for GTM, and it is not something I coud have accomplished without my associates Elyse Monroe and Troy Montenery.   Also key to our success is  Director of Travel Club Development, Tom Mugno, ” said Michael Graham, long-time Horry County resident and chief Travel Agent at TakeTheTrip.com.  Mr. Graham owns one of the top grossing Cruise Planners franchises in the nation, located at 10764 Hwy 707 in Myrtle Beach.   “With Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, we are able to offer our clients great deals like the Triple play, but even more important is the high level of attention and personalized service we deliver that you just can’t get with online booking.”    

At GTM, advisors are uniquely connected to new and existing products, destinations and services, providing them unparalleled support in the marketplace and distinct pricing advantages—both of which help them to best serve their valuable clients.  

“Advisors selected to attend GTM are truly the best in the business. The majority of attendees have more than 20 years of experience selling travel, a diverse and growing portfolio of discerning travel customers and are truly experts at what they do,” said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, Senior Vice President of Events, Travel Group, Northstar Travel Group. “As true pros, however, these advisors also understand the ever-changing nature of the travel industry. They recognize the value in furthering their product knowledge and creating valuable relationships in established and emerging destinations and with leaders at cruise, tour and hospitality companies. GTM creates a platform for just that, ensuring they’re fully equipped to meet clients’ needs.”

ABOUT TRAVEL WEEKLY:

Travel Weekly, the national newspaper of the travel industry, is the most influential provider of news, research, opinion and analysis to the North American travel trade marketplace. In addition to a weekly print publication, TravelWeekly.com, updated several times daily, is the most-visited industry website. Travel Weekly is a division of Secaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Group, the largest travel business-to-business travel publisher in the world.

ABOUT TRAVELAGE WEST:

For more than 46 years, TravelAge West has been the trusted voice of the travel industry in the Western U.S. With award-winning writing and design, the publication brings the best of travel to life for readers. The magazine's first-hand, on-site reports and fresh destination coverage is a valued resource for travel advisors. TravelAge West is a division of Secaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Group, the largest travel business-to-business travel publisher in the world.

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