“Thirty years ago, two young, up-and-coming women pioneered a bold new concept: business meetings at sea. They faced many challenges including a recession and skepticism from some within the cruise industry.” Read more.
And so the story begins…
It’s hard to believe that prior to 1982, the idea of holding a business meeting or conference on a cruise ship was pretty much unheard of in the cruise industry, and the corporate world was skeptical at best. But thanks to the unwavering passion and tenacity of Joyce Landry and Josephine (Jo) Kling, all that has changed - for good!
Fast forward to 2012: Cruise ships are more like “floating hotels”, designed with meetings and groups in mind. In the meantime, planning professionals continue to discover the unbeatable value and extraordinary experience that an event at sea or incentive cruise program delivers.
But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. When Jo and Joyce launched Landry & Kling in 1982, cruise industry executives said there wasn’t enough business to specialize in cruises for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) market. Our co-founders ignored the naysayers, stayed true to their vision, and went on to establish the first distribution model between cruise lines and corporate America: Landry & Kling, Inc.
Oh, and then there was the recession…once again, Jo and Joyce ignored the cynics and flexed their entrepreneurial muscles to launch Seasite.com, the first website dedicated to the cruise meetings and group cruise market.
“We’re resilient,” commented Jo Kling, president. “We’ve experienced 30 years of ups and downs and have stayed afloat because of our fine staff and significant repeat business. We believe every challenge has an elegant solution – that helps us build lasting relationships!”
So on behalf of Jo, Joyce, and all of us at Landry & Kling, we’d like to give you – our loyal clients, suppliers, friends and supporters – a great big shout-out as we celebrate our 30th anniversary this month. We know we wouldn’t be where we are today without you: