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June 28, 2005 - Minneapolis, MN – Carlson Companies’ Travel Franchise Group announced today that Peter Thomson has been named vice president and chief operating officer of Cruise Holidays, Carlson’s premiere network of cruise travel agencies in the U.S. and Canada. Peter comes to Carlson from American Express in Wilmington, Delaware, where he most recently served as Multinational Client General Manager. Thomson succeeds current vice president Kevin Weisner and will join Cruise Holidays effective July 25, 2005.

“I am extremely pleased Peter will be joining Cruise Holidays. He has a very extensive background in the operations of a large, retail travel agency and has a unique understanding of the relationships between franchisee and franchisor,” said Roger E. Block, CTC, executive vice president of the Carlson Travel Franchise Group. “I have known Peter for many years and in this role I know he brings with him a single-minded dedication and a long-term commitment to the future success of Cruise Holidays.”

Thompson was with Rosenbluth International when it was acquired by American Express in 2003. Prior to that, he served on the management team of Travel Agents International (TAI) as the senior vice president responsible for all franchise services. Thomson was also a co-owner and chief operating officer of a Travel Agents International franchised office located in Torrance, California, served on the TAI Advisory Board for four years and was elected by his peers to serve two terms as the Chairman of the Advisory Board.

“I am excited to be reunited with Roger and working with him to capitalize on the cruise industry growth for the benefit of the Cruise Holidays franchisees,” said Thomson. “Cruising, both from the public's interest and the expansion of available product, continues grow at an unprecedented rate. This can only mean there will be continued and ongoing opportunities for each Cruise Holidays franchise location to work toward and be recognized as the leader for cruise sales in its marketplace.”

With stores throughout the United States and Canada, Cruise Holidays is North America’s largest cruise-specialty retail franchise. Let our cruise experts begin planning your next dream vacation. To find a Cruise Holidays store near you, visit www.cruiseholidays.com.


Cruise Holidays is the oldest and largest cruise-specialty retail franchise in North America, with stores in both the United States and Canada. Founded in 1984, Cruise Holidays was acquired in 2001 by Carlson Travel Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most respected travel franchisers. Carlson Travel Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Carlson Companies, Inc. Brands include: Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates, Cruise Holidays, Results Travel, SeaMaster Cruises, Carlson Leisure Travel Services, Carlson Vacation & Business Travel and Carlson Destination Marketing Services.

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