Travel Agents Win National Business Award In Celebration of Women’s History Month

Dream Vacations and Cruises Inc.® honor female agents with OPAL Award for leadership and community service 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (March 6, 2020) – Leading home-based travel agencies Dream Vacations and Cruises Inc.® celebrate Women’s History Month in March by honoring female vacation specialists with the OPAL Award for Women. The company has named Dream Vacations Franchisee Karen Quinn-Panzer and Cruises Inc. Independent Vacation Specialist Melissa Cohn the 2020 recipients of this prestigious award.

The OPAL Award recognizes a female franchise owner and an independent vacation specialist who demonstrate Outstanding Performance And Leadership. The honorees are active in community and civic organizations, and demonstrate leadership within Dream Vacations and Cruises Inc.

“I am honored to lead an organization that empowers entrepreneurial women to become business owners and champions in their community,” said Debbie Fiorino, chief operating officer of Dream Vacations and Cruises Inc. “The OPAL Award is about people making a difference in the lives of others. Karen and Melissa not only lead by example within our organization, but their business success and dedication to helping others in the community is an inspiration to all.”

A resident of Milford, Conn., Quinn-Panzer has been a Dream Vacations franchise owner since 2013. Giving back is in Quinn-Panzer’s DNA, whether supporting other local businesses through her involvement with the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she supports new members and mentors them and membership in the Network of Executive Women, for which she hosted a fundraising cruise. In addition, Quinn-Panzer is a supporter of local Rotary Clubs, as a sponsor of the Devon Rotary Oktoberfest to raise money for BethEl Food Bank, the Literacy Foundation and Rape Crisis Center; and with the Rotary Club of Orange, where she volunteers at their annual Thanksgiving food drive, LobsterFest and reads to elementary school students. With Dream Vacations, Quinn-Panzer is very engaged as a member of the Advisory Council and Certified Spokesperson team, and has represented the travel agency franchise by participating on a panel at the International Franchise Expo in New York City.

Cohn of Dix Hills, N.Y. is a former Deputy County Attorney who pursued becoming a stay-at-home-travel agent so she could have a flexible career while her son was in pre-school. She is actively involved with the Dix Hills Jewish Center Sisterhood and the Dix Hills Jewish Center Early Childhood Academy; an avid supporter of Make-A-Wish®; Sunrise Day Camp, a camp for children with cancer; Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition, she created a group for incoming Kindergarten students so they can become better adjusted in their new school environment. In addition to her community involvement, Cohn is consistently the top-selling Cruises Inc. travel agent nationwide.

Dream Vacations and Cruises Inc. is committed to being “Rich in Diversity” and empowers all owners, agents and employees to reach their highest potential by leveraging their broad range of talent, experiences, personalities, viewpoints and ideas to generate business growth.

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About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®
Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® are part of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise opportunities give entrepreneurs a choice in how they want to brand their travel business, and Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those interested in selling all types of travel experiences whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value. For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit, like the Facebook page, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise or watch its videos at For more information on Cruises Inc., visit and become a fan on Facebook at