by Jonathan Vatner | October 01, 2006

Carnival Cruise Lines has expanded its Preferred Awards program, which enables businesses to purchase all-inclusive cruise certificates for individual incentives. The program now offers a greater variety of ships and itineraries, including new trips in Europe and the Greek Isles, plus access to more stateroom categories. The company also has launched a new meeting planner website,

Carlson Marketing has acquired meeting and incentive firm TQ3Navigant Per-formance Group, with U.S. offices in Marlborough, Mass.; Minneapolis; and Parsippany, N.J. Following the merger, Navigant president Steve Some was named senior vice president for Carlson Marketing; he will work closely with the company’s East Coast clients.

MotivAction, a performance marketing and incentive agency based in Minneapolis, has opened three offices this year, in Boston, Chicago and, most recently, Phoenix. “We want to get an East Coast presence, a greater Midwestern presence and a West Coast presence,” said Jeff Beegle, chief marketing officer.