Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® Expands Support of Military Community with Launch of Command Center
Entrepreneur magazine ranks Dream Vacations #1 franchise for veterans as a result of programs like this
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (November 8, 2019) – On this Veteran’s Day and every day throughout the year, Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc. ® proudly salutes the military community and Dream Vacations is consistently recognized as a veteran-friendly franchise for its support of veterans and their families. This year’s celebration is extra special as Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. announces the launch of the Command Center, an internal portal with military resources, as well as its recent number one ranking as the Top Franchise for Veterans byEntrepreneur magazine.
“Supporting the military community is in our DNA and is part of what makes our franchise stand out,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. “Our vast range of benefits for veterans purchasing a franchise and our support have grown leaps and bounds over the years and as a result, nearly 35 percent of our network are veterans, which is more than double the national average.”
The Command Center takes a two-prong approach with a focus on agents of all backgrounds looking to support the military and gain military clientele, as well as on veteran-owned businesses that have past service records and seek assets for their marketing efforts. The Command Center serves as the hub for everything military-related from discounts, reward programs and marketing assets to educational tools, special dates that should be observed to honor the military, and valuable information to assist those who have and are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“The Command Center is one of the best business marketing and resource pages I have ever seen in a corporate organization,” said Army First Sergeant Grant Springer, Dream Vacations franchise owner and vacation specialist in Alexandria, Va. “It is a well-organized list of basic information and helpful links that our entire network, both veterans and non-veterans, can turn to whenever they have a specific content need. The creativity, research, effort, professionalism and compassion the World Travel Holdings’ team put into this project truly shows in the design and functionality of the webpage.”
The Entrepreneur magazine ranking is based on incentives for veterans, how franchisors attract and support veterans, and the franchisor’s score in the Entrepreneur 2019 Franchise 500. Other recent number one rankings include Military Times and Forbes. Additional recognitions include inclusion on G.I. Jobs annual “Hot Franchises for Veterans,” US Veterans magazine’s “Top Veteran-Friendly Companies”, USA Today’s “50 Top Franchises for Military Veterans” and recognition by MSC Cruises in its Seaside Salute Award. Dream Vacations is the only travel franchise to receive a 5 STAR ranking from VetFran, a strategic initiative of the International Franchise Association.
“Upon retiring from the military I wasn’t sure what direction my life would take, but after learning about Dream Vacations’ support of the military, coupled with my own personal love of travel, joining Dream Vacations seemed to be the perfect opportunity for me and my family,” said U.S. Army MSG (Retired) Mike Hanlon, Dream Vacations franchise owner and vacation specialist in Wilmington, N.C. and 2019 Ambassador of Veteran Affairs. “During our most recent National Conference, we hosted a meetup for former and current military members of all branches to discuss our service and how special it is to be involved with such a military-friendly organization. These conversations re-affirmed my decision to join Dream Vacations and I look forward to giving back to active service members and veterans alike in my role as Ambassador of Veteran Affairs.”
All military veterans and Gold Star families who purchase a Dream Vacations or CruiseOne travel agency businessreceive an enlistment package valued at no less than $5,000 and ongoing support. They can select one of four perks currently being offered — $2,000 travel training credit; receive up to $7,000 back based on initial fee through the Earn Back promotion; waived administrative fees valued at $1,350; or a Microsoft® Surface Pro tablet valued at $1,000. All veterans and Gold Star families receive a waived training fee for a business partner and the ability to hire active-duty military spouses and veterans as associates at a discount. Additional veteran incentives include the ability to move residences and stay in business, travel discounts for military customers and access to veteran networking groups.
Military veterans who are passionate about travel with an entrepreneurial spirit who would like to be part of a travel agency network that cares more about its agents, travelers and military veterans, should visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com or call 888-249-8235 to learn about franchising with Dream Vacations and CruiseOne. Visit www.sellcruises.com or call 888-462-4992 to learn more about the Cruises Inc. business opportunity.
About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®
Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® are part of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise opportunities give entrepreneurs a choice in how they want to brand their travel business, and Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those interested in selling all types of travel experiences whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value. For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise or watch its videos at www.youtube.com/DreamVacationsBusiness. For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.SellCruises.com and become a fan on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/SellCruises.