Carnival Cruise Line said the travel agency chain Cruise Planners, based in Coral Springs, Fla., won its 2017 Ted Arison Founder's Award.

The award honors a travel partner who "consistently demonstrates tremendous partnership, loyalty and support for the Carnival brand and upholds Ted Arison's vision that everyone deserves a great cruise vacation."

Arison founded Carnival in 1972.

Carnival commended last year's winner, World Travel Holdings "for continuing to be an outstanding brand champion and visionary leader."

Expedia Inc. was named the inaugural winner of a new "Chairman's Award," which honors a travel partner who has demonstrated unique strategic vision and business results to create a leadership position with Carnival and in the industry overall.

Other winners of Carnival's 2017 Excellence Awards were Rose Tours (charters); Landry & Kling Global Cruise Events (corporate incentive); Dream Vacations/CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. (franchise agency network); KHM Travel Group (host agency network); Vacations To Go (online travel partner) and AAA Travel (retail).

Travelsavers received the Rising Travel Partner award.

Regional Excellence Awards were conveyed to Tourico Holidays (Eastern region); Savon Resorts (Western region) and Cruises Etc. (Northern U.S. and Canada region.)

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