MIAMI, March 14, 2018 – Crystal announced today that is has renewed its Platinum Level Partnership with the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). The organization is the world’s largest association of travel professionals and travel agent advocates, with chapters operating globally in support of agents who specialize in selling tours, cruises, hotels, air travel and more. Since its inception nearly 28 years ago, Crystal has remained committed to supporting travel professionals, and has built decades of success upon these cultivated relationships.
“The global advocacy efforts that ASTA employs on behalf of travel professionals are astounding, and we are proud to renew our support of this organization’s mission, as we work together toward the common goal of furthering the progress of the travel industry,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales.
Through this partnership, Crystal participates in annual ASTA events, including its popular Global Convention, which brings together professionals from more than 100 countries. The affiliation with ASTA also enables travel professionals from agencies and companies of all sizes throughout the world to easily access information and materials from Crystal through ASTA’s extensive marketing initiatives and communications.
“We are proud to welcome Crystal back as a Platinum level supplier partner,” said Zane Kerby, ASTA President & CEO. “This partnership is a win-win – it helps ensure our members have the tools they need to sell more Crystal Cruises while supporting ASTA’s mission to represent the travel agency community at all levels of government, within the travel industry and before the traveling public.”
The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to entice the world’s most discerning travelers with incomparable luxury and unparalleled personal service. Crystal will expand its fleet with the upcoming Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel river ships, the Crystal Endeavor expedition yacht and an entirely new class of ocean ships over the next five years.
Celebrating 27 years of excellence, Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 24 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016). The readers of Travel + Leisure also voted Crystal River Cruises the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2017. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of ASTA.
ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally based members, it is the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public. ASTA’s history of travel industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information, visit ASTA.org.
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