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Cruise Holidays Presents "New Store of the Year” Award to Cruise Holidays of Northwest Austin


Minneapolis, MN (November 3, 2010) — Cruise Holidays, North America’s oldest cruise-specialty retail franchise, presented Cruise Holidays of Northwest Austin its New Store of the Year award at a special ceremony during the network’s Annual Convention, being held this week at El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.


The owner of Cruise Holidays of Northwest Austin, Diana Whiteside, is a former teacher who wanted to transform her career to something completely new. She opened her store in early 2008. Despite the fact that the United States was about to face its deepest economic crisis in decades, Whiteside forged ahead. "Diana is an extremely tenacious person, and working in conjunction with our Cruise Holidays support team, she was able to start a successful business when others – considering the outside factors – might have given up,” said Mark Schiffner, vice president of Cruise Holidays.


The New Store of the Year award was open to all stores that had a full year of sales in 2009. Cruise Holidays of Northwest Austin is located at 9901 North Capital of Texas Highway, Suite 220, Austin, TX. It is part of the Cruise Holidays network, which includes retail stores and home-based offices across the United States and Canada. For more information about Cruise Holidays of Northwest Austin, call (512) 338-8880 or visit them online at



Cruise Holidays is the oldest cruise-specialty retail franchise in North America, with franchisees in both the United States and Canada. Cruise Holidays is also a distinguished provider of land tour vacation packages.  Founded in 1984, Cruise Holidays is part of Travel Leaders Group. With approximately 1,300 travel agency locations in the United States and Canada, Travel Leaders Group serves millions of individual leisure travelers, as well as select corporate clients and destinations.