Celebrity Cruises President Dan Hanrahan was honored by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) this week when the organization named him ASTA “Allied Member of the Year” during opening ceremonies of “The Trade Show,” the organization’s three-day event attracting thousands of travel agents, consumers and travel suppliers.
Introduced in 1986 at the Singapore World Travel Congress, ASTA’s annual Allied Member of the Year award is designed to recognize a person who has made significant contributions to travel that have favorably affected the domestic or international travel industry community.
“Dan Hanrahan has had a significant influence on the travel industry and has been recognized for years as an enthusiastic and sincere supporter of the travel agent community,” said ASTA President and CEO Cheryl Hudak, CTC.
“This is a tremendous honor, both for me and for Celebrity Cruises,” said Celebrity’s President Dan Hanrahan. “We have always known how vital travel agents are to our success. The relationship between Celebrity and our travel agent partners is stronger than I’ve ever seen it, and we’re working very hard to make it even better.”
Hanrahan referenced Celebrity’s latest ad campaign as an illustration of the line’s commitment to supporting the agent community, saying one of the line’s TV ads this year – in which a woman thanks her travel agent for making her extraordinary Celebrity cruise experience possible – was a strong illustration of the way Celebrity feels about travel agents.
“As the woman did in the ad, I’d like to thank our travel agent partners, too, for this rewarding recognition and their tremendous support,” said Hanrahan.
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