Local travel agency wins big awardSep 5th, 2013 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: news
Vacation Makers Travel & Cruises of Belle Chasse was recently recognized as Royal Caribbean International’s “2012 Loyal to Royal Travel Partner of the Year” award for their Central District.
This award is presented to agencies that have had significant sales growth over the past year and have been loyal contributors to Royal Caribbean International.
Out of all of the travel agencies in the District—4,500 to be exact— Vacation Makers took home top honors, a coveted title in the travel agency world according to owner, Kathy Lavalla.
“We feel that Vacation Makers really holds up what we think is the best of the best,” said Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support and Services for Royal Caribbean International, who flew in from Miami just present the award to Lavalla and her staff. “We believe that Kathy and the team do an exceptional job by showing passion and dedication.”
Vacation Makers was elated to have received this award considering the small size of their agency. Their staff of five beat out many much larger competitors.
“The thing that surprised me is that they looked at companies with small numbers,” said Kathy LaValla. “We’re not a big agency like New York, who pulls in a large amount of clients and has 50 plus employees. We’re just really excited to have been given this award.”