Canada's Largest Cruise Retailer receives Prestigious 2012 HelloWestTravel.com Magazine Awards of Excellence

Cruise Connections Canada has been chosen as HelloWestTravel.com "Travel Agency of the Year" in Canada

VANCOUVER, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - HelloWestTravel.com just announced the winners of the 2012 Awards of Excellence. The Awards are the only initiative of its kind for travel professionals and travel organizations in Western Canada. With 96 nominations in total, these prestigious awards recognize the efforts of respected travel professionals who have gone above and beyond over the past year in Canada, voted on completely by the Western Canadian travel industry across 14 diverse categories.

"We are honoured to receive this award and be recognized for this remarkable achievement.  2012 is a stellar year for Cruise Connections having achieved double digit growth in sales over the past year in spite of challenging economic times.  As we approach our 20th anniversary, we look back with pride in our friendly and knowledgeable staff and their relentless commitment to delivering an outstanding customer experience", says Cruise Connections President, Sanjay Goel.

Additional recent accomplishments and accolades include: a partnership with The Vancouver Sun, British Columbia's largest newsroom, to successfully launch their first-ever cruise in celebration of The Sun's 100th anniversary.  Over 600 readers joined journalists and executives in celebration of this extraordinary milestone.  All planning and event management functions were produced and executed by Cruise Connections.

"Cruise Connections has been a wonderful partner to us. We could not have done this without them. They are very customer focused and very customer oriented which I think is a must on this business.  They did a wonderful job of upfront planning and looking after all the details and when things need to be addressed on the spot, they were there, they were quick to act," says Kevin Bent, President and Publisher of The Vancouver Sun.

Cruise Connections recently received the 2012 Travelzoo Award for "Overall Best Provider of Vacation and Cruise Packages in Canada".  The Travelzoo Awards honour the companies behind the world's best travel, entertainment and deals. Travelzoo Deal Experts evaluated more than 80,000 deals published in North America on the following five-point scale: quality, reliability, consistency, competitiveness and appeal. Finalist companies consistently achieved between 4.5 and 6 (on a 6-point scale) in the user HOT deal ratings collected by Travelzoo local deals.

Cruise Connections has also been recognized as the "Top Canadian Agency", 11 times in the past 14 years by Ensemble Travel Group, an international network of a thousand professional travel agencies.

About Cruise Connections Canada
Cruise Connections, founded in 1993 is Canada's largest cruise retailer.  The company has won virtually every major cruise travel award and has been recognized by all cruise lines as being an exceptional retailer.  Cruise Connections' success can be attributed to its knowledgeable specialists, Lowest Price Guarantee and focus on customer satisfaction.

About HelloWestTravel.com Magazine
HelloWestTravel.com is a division of Logimonde Media, the largest specialized media publisher of e-magazines in French and English for the Canadian Travel Industry. It offers a wide range of services - web publishing, ad distribution via e-mail and online event registration.  Logimonde Media is the only company within the Canadian Travel Industry to have audited its distribution, using a national accounting service from Samson Belair Deloitte & Touche s.e.n.c.r.l.  Its offices are located in Canada's largest cities, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

SOURCE: Cruise Connections Canada

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Contact:

Sanjay Goel

604-760-3102

sanjay@cruise-connections.com