Agents bid on vacations in game show session at CruiseWorld

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Travel Planners International's Jenn Lee introducing "The Price is Right" competition at CruiseWorld. Photo Credit: Jamie Biesiada

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Travel agents, come on down!

Travel Planners International (TPI) and its vice president of sales and marketing, Jenn Lee, closed CruiseWorld in style on Friday afternoon with a travel-themed version of game show "The Price is Right."

Agents who donated to Tourism Cares during the conference were entered for a chance to "come on down" to the stage and play for one of three vacation prizes. TPI has made a pledge to raise $50,000 for the nonprofit by the time of next year's CruiseWorld, Lee said.

Five agents were called to the stage. To compete, they all guessed the price of a vacation; the agent closest to the price without going over (with one exception) won the trip. Once a contestant won, they were eliminated. 

Lee encouraged the audience to participate and shout their suggestions of what the trip would cost, and participate they did.

The first vacation was an eight-night Southern Caribbean cruise for two aboard the Carnival Horizon with a balcony stateroom in the June-July time frame.

The guesses ranged between $1,500 and $3,750. With an actual value of $3,900, agent Tellie Pena, who guessed $3,750, was the winner.

The second trip was a five-night sailing for two on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas with an oceanview cabin, a Voom WiFi package and one specialty dining credit for two in September.

Guesses ranged from $2,000 to $3,250. The actual cost was $1,700. Since all the contestants overbid, Lee made an exception and the closest bidder -- Waikikse Ray Johnson -- won the trip.

The third and final vacation came from Apple Leisure Group. It was a three-night stay at Reflect Krystal Grand Cancun with two flight credits on United Airlines.

Guesses ranged from $1,099-$1,350. With an actual price of $2,950, the highest bidder, Roger Willis, won the prize.

Lee said 175 agents donated to Tourism Cares over the course of CruiseWorld, totaling more than $5,000. 

She said any agents donating to Tourism Cares between Friday afternoon and Sunday at midnight would be entered to win a $250 gift card from TPI. Mary Pat Sullivan, content director for Travel Weekly's trade shows, matched the offer, enabling a drawing for another $250 gift card.

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