he 2022 Dream Vacations and CruiseOne National Conference onboard Norwegian Encore. (photo via Reeves Watson Photography)
The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne National Conference, which was held aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Encore, wound down as it began – on a high note.
“We are now not talking about how we will survive, but instead speaking about how we will thrive,” said Brad Tolkin, co-CEO of World Travel Holdings, the companies’ parent, during the conference’s final general session.
“Every statistic for cruise and non-cruise is outpacing 2019, which was our network’s best year ever. I hope you are buckled up because the great wave of leisure travel will not stop.”
He noted that Dream Vacations and CruiseOne travel advisors’ cruise bookings rose more than 23 percent and cruise pricing by 6 percent compared to 2019; land bookings increased by 33 percent and pricing by 18 percent.
“The last seven days have been filled with inspiration, networking, new friendships and fun,” Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager for Dream Vacations and CruiseOne.
“This year’s National Conference ended on a high note, and we will continue the momentum through 2023, picking up where we left off when we board Carnival Cruise Line’s Celebration for next year’s National Conference.”
The closing general session also included remarks by David Crooks, senior vice president of product & operations at World Travel Holdings, and Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Harry Sommer, who said the line was in the midst of some of its best sales weeks ever.
The conference, which drew upward of 700 attendees and participants, resulted in nearly $115,000 raised for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida through onboard fundraisers.
The events included an Encore Speedway racetrack event, a 50/50 raffle, a private auction and Zumba at Sea.
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