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
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
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.