International Cruise & Excursions Gallery, Inc. Fuels Growth Through Acquisition of WMPH Vacations

Business Wire | December 12, 2019

Scottsdale-based International Cruise & Excursion Gallery, Inc. (ICE), the global leader in travel-based loyalty and reward solutions, announced today that it has acquired WMPH Vacations, an industry-leading large-scale, online retail travel company. Founded in 2004, WMPH is a South Florida travel agency that specializes in the distribution of cruise vacations through its popular online retail brands. WMPH, which stands for We Make People Happy, has an exceptional reputation within the cruise industry and is a key partner to all major cruise lines. WMPH serves the unique needs of a wide range of discerning travelers. WMPH’s popular iCruise.com brand is one of the best online resources for consumers researching and booking cruises. The iCruise digital experience is enhanced by WMPH’s free Cruise FinderTM app, a comprehensive cruise vacation-planning tool with over one million downloads.

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