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The Cruise Professionals Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Jason Sarracini Joins Global Leader in Luxury Cruise Sector

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/28/15 -- The Cruise Professionals, the world's #1 luxury cruise provider, has appointed Jason Sarracini to the role of Chief Operating Officer. In this newly created position, Sarracini will oversee day-to-day operations and provide strategic leadership on business development, marketing initiatives, valued supplier partnerships, and the introduction of new digital platforms.

"Jason is a true innovator and top-level executive in the space where travel meets digital," says The Cruise Professionals Founder and CEO Mary Jean Tully. "I'm absolutely delighted to welcome him to the company." Established in 1987, The Cruise Professionals is recognized as one of the world's leading luxury travel agencies. In addition to ocean and river cruises, the agency offers a range of African safari adventures and bespoke travel arrangements that bring their clients' travel dreams to life.

Tully hired Sarracini for his extensive experience and outstanding accomplishments in the travel space. In 2004, Sarracini founded TargetVacations.ca, a highly regarded travel agency that brought online travel retail into the world of daily deals. This achievement led to the company's acquisition by Torstar Corporation. He then went on to become Torstar Digital's General Manager, Travel & Partnerships, where he was responsible for a considerable increase in new travel media revenue and a partnership with Mastercard. In his most recent role as Vice-President and General Manager at Travelzoo Canada, Sarracini delivered a number of highly successful growth strategies for the Canadian market. In addition to delivering double digit growth in revenue, audience, and traffic, Sarracini conceptualized and executed Travelzoo's first campaign with Airbnb.

"Mary Jean and her team are the most talented and passionate sales force in the industry - I'm truly thrilled to join the agency," says Sarracini. "This is an incredible opportunity to grow an already remarkable brand on a global scale. There are some exciting announcements on the way, so stay tuned!"

For more information please go to www.cruiseprofessionals.com.

About The Cruise Professionals

Dedicated to sharing the world's most inspiring, life-enriching travel experiences with a discerning global clientele, The Cruise Professionals provides competitive rates and world-class customer service. Established in 1987, bespoke travel experiences range from luxury cruises and yachting, to safaris, ski resorts, the finest hotels, and private travel arrangements in cities all over the world.

Recommended by Conde Nast Traveler for 14 consecutive years, and featured in Forbes Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Departures Magazine, the luxury travel agency is a Preferred Partner of the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Peninsula and Mandarin Hotels World-Wide. Their numerous awards, partnerships, and media accolades identify The Cruise Professionals as one of the best luxury travel agencies in the world.

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Press Contact: DECK Agency
Jocelyn Black
PR& Communications Manager
647-209-4116
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