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ORLANDO, FL – Travel Planners International, a top travel host and sales, marketing and support agency for the travel professional, has started a new program – Partner of the Month. It’s a perfect example of how the organization strives to bring new initiatives and events to engage preferred partners with the TPI family. August’s Partner of the Month is Viking River Cruises, an award-winning river and small ship ocean cruising company.


Viking Cruises was founded by Chairman Torstein Hagen in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, Viking is the leader in river and small ship ocean cruising, offering destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an interest in geography, culture and history.


“We at Viking Cruises truly value the partnership we share with our friends at Travel Planners International.  The overall passion and energy the entire TPI team exhibits for our industry, and most certainly Viking Cruises, is extraordinary!  We look forward to working closely with TPI, and their amazing network of travel professionals, as we continue to expand and grow the Viking fleet in the coming years,” said Rob Huffman, Director of Business Development, Viking Cruises.

Barbara Cummings, Barbara Cummings Travel, says, “Viking’s excellent reputation for its river cruises made it easy to get my clients to try a Viking Ocean Cruise.  After the sale, I received quick responses to all my questions and requests from my Viking travel agent rep, so that I was always able to get back to my clients in a timely manner. And Rob Hoffman, the Director of Business Development, was also very helpful.

By using the well-designed Viking Agent Portal frequently I was able to feel confident every little detail was addressed BEFORE the ship sailed. All of the above made me look really good in the eyes of my clients and that’s a good thing, for Viking and me!”

Viking currently operates a fleet of 62 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. By 2022 the company will operate eight 930-guest ocean cruise ships and will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Viking was once again named a #1 Ocean Cruise Line and one of the Best River Cruise Lines by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2017 World’s Best Awards. The company has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards.



Travel Planners International is a marketing and support agency for new and experienced travel professionals. Travel agents partner with Travel Planners International for their profit-generating marketing programs, consumer connect options, negotiation power, small-business training events and time-saving back-office support.


Being an advocate for the travel industry as a whole, Travel Planners International educates and connects consumers directly to their collection of specialized travel agents and preferred industry suppliers through their interactive consumer-facing website, strong social media presence, direct consumer marketing, as well as their collaborative ventures with complementary industry associations and consortia.


For more information, please visit http://www.travelplannersinternational.com.