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NANAIMO – Cruise consultant earns achievement award.

Shawn Kilner, owner of Cruise Holidays of Nanaimo, won an award for Outstanding Sales Achievement at the Cruise Holidays International convention last month.

Cruise Holidays International, a cruise-specialty retail franchise with travel agencies in four countries, presented a select group of travel consultants with sales achievement awards at a ceremony during the franchise network’s annual convention.

“These outstanding Cruise Holidays travel consultants are committed to the craft of designing the perfect vacation for their clients,” said Mark Schiffner, vice-president and chief operating officer of Cruise Holidays International.

“They represent a new generation of travel agents – combining the latest travel technology along with a high level of customer service you simply can’t find on the Internet – to create a client experience that is unmatched.”

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Tyce Carle-Thiesson, a Nanaimo-based chartered accounting firm, will merge with MNP LLP, one of Canada’s largest chartered accountancy and business consulting firms, effective today (Dec. 1).

Tyce Carle-Thiesson’s team of 15 will move to MNP’s Wallace Street location.

Tyce Carle-Thiesson said it was looking for an opportunity to expand service offerings for their clients, while MNP was looking to add more resources to better serve the Vancouver Island marketplace.

Serving individuals and businesses throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland since 1991, Tyce Carle-Thiesson specializes in the professional services market as well as the real estate and construction industry.

“We were looking to merge with a like-minded firm that shares our vision, values and commitment to providing quality services – and we are pleased to have found those qualities, and more, in MNP,” said Doug Tyce, partner. “Joining MNP is a perfect example of how two firms can come together to provide more resources and services to give clients the edge they need to stay competitive and overcome current business and industry challenges.”

MNP’s regional managing partner for Vancouver Island, Garth Busch, said he is proud to welcome Tyce Carle-Thiesson to the MNP family.

“MNP has thriving professional services and real estate and construction practices and were looking to expand these practices to better serve the marketplace. With TCT’s expertise serving these industries, we couldn’t have found a better fit,” said Busch.

For the fifth consecutive year, MNP has also been recognized as one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada by AON Hewitt.

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