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Creating memorable vacations at low prices: WMPH Vacations “We Make People Happy”

thesiliconreview-wmph-vacations-logo-17WMPH is short for “We Make People Happy.” While the name may be cute and bring a grin to your face, it’s a philosophy WMPH take very seriously. Making you happy is the purpose. WMPH is a Florida-based travel company specializing in cruises and resort vacations. It was founded in 2004 by Uf Tukel and Don Walker, former executives of Cruise Outlet of the Carolinas, Alamo Rental Car, MyTravel USA and Cruises Only.

WMPH is a member of the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) and its travel partners include all major cruise lines including Carnival, Celebrity, Cunard, Disney, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, and Royal Caribbean. Also, the company’s cruise specialists are trained in all cruise destinations including Alaska, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe and the Panama Canal.

Traverse the far-off places

WMPH Vacations has a strong, professional relationship with all major cruise lines and tour operators allowing it to negotiate and deliver the best value on cruises and vacation packages. Like most top-producing travel agencies, it is among the first notified with last minute deals, senior discounts, regional promotions and group offers. It also uses the latest computer reservations systems, enabling agents and the company websites to help you find the best deal on the vacation that is right for you.

WMPH Vacations’ Cruise and Travel Specialists are well-trained and have the resources and tools they need to offer you a high level of service at low prices. The company’s Cruise and Travel Specialists are knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic experts who know the cruise industry. Their dedicated expertise comes from years of personal travel experience; every member of the team has cruised extensively on a variety of cruise line products to destinations including the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and more. Your best interests are the company’s number one priority, so WMPH Vacations’ Cruise and Travel Specialists will work with you, both online and off, to match you with the vacation best suited to your needs. Plus, it can also assist you in obtaining flight arrangements, hotel reservations, and ground transportation.

May 2, 2004 -Delray Beach, Florida

Uf Tukel and Don Walker co-founded WMPH Vacations on May 2, 2004, in Delray Beach, Florida. Including themselves, they were just five employees who shared one objective: open a travel agency that Makes People Happy. Today, WMPH Vacations is an award-winning, multi-branded travel company with over 120 employees. With considerable experience in cruise and online marketing, WMPH Vacations made the conscious decision to actively acquire brands with cruise-related or destination focused keywords, and then build websites that could be easily customized with a full range of private label solutions for partners who wished to provide cruise vacations for their guests.

Within three years, WMPH Vacations proudly launched CruiseCheap.com, AlaskaCruises.com, EuropeCruises.com, and HawaiiCruiseOutlet.com, as well as two private label fulfillment relationships with CheapCaribbean.com and Destination Oceans. Today, WMPH Vacations’ portfolio has successfully grown to include nine company-owned brands and four private label partnerships.

In May 2007, WMPH Vacations acquired iCruise.com, a well-known, online cruise vacation brand that never fully recovered after the internet bubble popped in the early 2000s. Apart from the construction of a new website for iCruise, WMPH Vacations was unsure how to grow the business and brand awareness until June 29, 2007: the launch of the first generation iPhone. Cruise Finder received the Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Best Cruise App, was named Best Cruise App by the Los Angeles Times, and Best Cruise App by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Cruise Finder by iCruise.com is acknowledged for its simple interface that allows users to quickly browse real-time pricing and information on 32 cruise lines, 310 cruise ships, and 25,000 worldwide itineraries through multiple, easy-to-use search options and calendars.

Honest Information is all that you need

By providing honest, accurate information that is relevant to your cruise vacation and combining it with great prices and great service, we will exceed your expectations in helping you plan your cruise vacation. Cruise Finder by iCruise.com is one of the most comprehensive cruise vacation-planning mobile apps in the travel industry, and it’s free. The company’s award-winning cruise app puts 100 cruise brochures in the palm of your hand by providing detailed information on over 310 cruise ships and over 25,000 cruise itineraries at the touch of a button. WMPH Vacations also offers an innovative Cruise Tracker technology that allows you to receive price change alerts by email on any cruise that interests you, so you can make an informed decision. The user-friendly online resource tools help you prepare for your cruise right up until the time you board the ship.

It does the comparison shopping for you. WMPH Vacations represents all major cruise lines and tour operators on more than 310 ships to over 25,000 itineraries around the world. You have choices and WMPH will help you choose from them. You also have choices with regards to how and with whom you would like to plan your cruise. Simply, safely and securely book online; the user-friendly websites are conveniently available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and full of information that will help with your reservation.

The Leading Lights

Uf Tukel, Co-President and Founder: Tukel co-founded WMPH with Don Walker. He was the Vice President of Internet Marketing at National Leisure Group previously. He quit his job selling business telephone equipment and co-founded Cruise Outlet of the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cruise Outlet grew modestly for its first few years until Tukel logged on to America Online for the first time in August 1994.

Don Walker, Co-Founder: Walker’s hard work ethic and amiable personality landed him a position at the rental car counter, where he quickly became one of Alamo’s top reservations agents in the country. When he graduated, Don joined the management training program and eventually became a Regional Vice President. After 14 years, Don left Alamo to become Vice President for tech startup Orbit Network and Auto Europe. When Travel Services International acquired Auto Europe, Don and his family moved to Delray Beach, Florida to become TSI’s Vice President of Traditional Marketing.

“We are committed to exceeding your expectations by providing honest, accurate information that is relevant to your cruise vacation and combining it with great prices and great service.”

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