CLIA Names Nine to First-Ever Hall of Fame

Ana Figueroa The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has named nine inductees to its first-ever CLIA Hall of Fame, created to honor travel agents, executives and other individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the success of the modern-day cruise industry. CLIA’s initial class

By: Ana Figueroa

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has named nine inductees to its first-ever CLIA Hall of Fame, created to honor travel agents, executives and other individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the success of the modern-day cruise industry.

CLIA’s initial class of inductees includes four travel agents, three cruise-line executives, one publisher and a former CLIA executive. The inductees are:

The late Ted Arison, founder, Carnival Cruise Lines. Arison was a pioneer of modern-day cruising, and a visionary who made cruising accessible to everyone, not just the wealthy. Arison launched Carnival Cruise Lines with one converted transatlantic ocean liner. He retired in 1990, after building his company, the publicly traded Carnival Corp., into the world’s most successful cruise operation.

The late Richard Revnes, president, Royal Cruise Line. Richard Revnes was an education and sales expert who taught cruise sellers to capitalize on the profitability of groups. A former travel agent, he taught retailers to increase their group sales by working with “pied pipers” professors, radio DJs, community leaders and others to urge friends and family to cruise together. Revnes also pioneered the “gentleman host” concept at Royal Cruise Line by hiring retired professional men as dance partners and friendly companions for unescorted female travelers.

Warren Titus, co-founder, Royal Viking Line; president and former chairman, Seabourn Cruise Line. Titus played a pivotal role in the creation of modern-day luxury cruising as president and chairman of Royal Viking Line (RVL) and later Seabourn Cruise Line. Under Titus, RVL set the standard for modern luxury cruising. After retiring in September 1987, he returned less than two months later as founding president of Seabourn, another luxury-market player. Some of his most notable accomplishments, however, include helping to establish CLIA, serving as its first chairman and shepherding the fledgling organization through its first years.  

Marvin Davis, CEO, Cruise Planners. Davis entered the travel industry in 1956 and has been the owner of a full-service travel agency for more than 30 years. As one of the founders of Cruise Planners, Davis has helped develop the company into a significant cruise retail force of more than 500 franchisees in 42 states nationwide. With more than $85 million in sales, Cruise Planners has become one of the cruise industry’s largest home-based businesses.

Joe Ewart, vice president, sales, marketing and recruitment, CruiseOne/Cruises Inc. A 28-year veteran of the cruise industry, Ewart has played a key role in the development of the cruise retail marketplace through his development of numerous marketing campaigns and agent turnkey programs. CruiseOne, with more than 400 locations coast to coast, is today part of Boston-based NLG, one of the nation’s largest online and offline leisure travel companies.

Robert and Judy Falcone, founders, Cruises Inc. The Falcones founded Cruises Inc. in 1981, a company that pioneered the cruise-only retail distribution segment. Today, Cruises Inc. is recognized as a trendsetter, with a network of more than 450 independent cruise specialists across North America. The company is part of NLG, and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 Joel Abels, editor and publisher, Travel Trade. Abels has been at the helm of Travel Trade Publications for 43 years, and is a former recipient of the American Society of Travel Agents Hall of Fame Award.

The late Robert Kwortnik, director of training, Cruise Lines International Association. Kwortnik, a 25-year CLIA veteran, laid the groundwork for what would become the cruise industry’s foremost travel agent training curriculum. Kwortnik developed CLIA’s Cruise Counselor Certification programs and the highly regarded CLIA Institute.

The CLIA Hall of Fame members will be inducted at a gala ceremony during cruise3sixty, CLIA’s first-ever global event for travel agents, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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