Joyce Landry on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Joyce Landry

Joyce Landry is CEO of Miami-based Landry & Kling Inc. She and her business partner, Josephine Kling, formed the company in 1982 as the first to specialize in corporate events at sea.

Landry started her career in the cruise industry at the age of 23, hired by Holland America Cruises in New York City to launch Holland American Tours, a division created to implement one of the industry’s first air/sea programs.

Prior to launching Landry & Kling, she also served as regional sales director of Delta Queen Steamboat Company, where she introduced travel agents and meeting planners within a 13-state territory to the concept of steamboat cruising.

Landry & Kling pioneered the use of cruise ships as floating hotels and was the first company to charter the QE2 in 1987, providing housing for over 15,000 attendees for Digital Equipment Corporation’s city-wide convention in Boston. Landry has been at the forefront of many projects involving dockside charters including the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, relief housing for Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Super Bowl 2005 in Jacksonville Florida, and most recently the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.

Over the years, Landry has spoken to thousands of meeting planners about the viability of meetings and events on cruise ships, including events for the Financial and Insurance Conference Planners Association (FICP), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE). In addition, she has held positions on several cruise line advisory boards, including Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, Radisson Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International and Cunard/Seabourn Cruises, advising them on the meetings/incentive industry.

Landry has been nominated for several prestigious awards from organizations like the Athena Foundation, which recognizes women for their professional excellence, community service, and actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence. She was also named to the Women’s Hall of Fame in recognition of Miami’s Centennial, by the City of Miami Commission on the Status of Women and was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry by Meeting News magazine in 2002. Landry is a founding board member of the Deborah Natansohn Foundation, offering scholarships for women in need to advance their careers in the areas of journalism and tourism.

In 2004, Landry contributed a chapter focusing on the corporate meeting & incentive cruise market in the publication of “The Complete 21st Century Travel & Hospitality Marketing Handbook” co-authored by Bob Dickinson, President & CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines and Andy Vladimir, Associate President Emeritus of Marketing & Management at Florida International University. Her chapter shares how Landry & Kling, Inc. has grown into a successful company with over 24 years of experience by adapting to changing business trends and providing personal service.

Landry and her business partner, Jo Kling sold their company in 1998 to the publicly traded company My Travel, and successfully re-purchased it back in May 2005. The company celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in 2006.

On a personal level, Joyce has traveled to 6 out of 7 continents for business and pleasure. She enjoys photography, hiking, and competitive sports. She learned how to row in 2006 and won her first gold medal in the women’s master’s 1,000 meter race at the Miami International Regatta in March 2008. Joyce and her husband Gene, founded Miami Health & Fitness, which owns and operates the Downtown Athletic Club in Miami and Paradise Gym in Coral Gables. They were recently married on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Visit Joyce's website at

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