Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, Named a 2015 Hot Franchise for Veterans™, Offers 30 Percent in Savings to Military Community
Coral Springs, Fla. — May 21, 2015 — G.I. Jobs®, the premier resource for helping transitioning service members find success in civilian careers, released its 2015 Hot Franchises For Veterans™ just in time for Memorial Day. The list includes Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the top travel franchise business for veterans due to its focus on recruiting and training more franchisees with military experience. Aspiring “vetrepreneurs,” those active military and their families with a passion for travel can be their own boss, travel and sell the world with Cruise Planners.
“Cruise Planners continues to be dedicated to the men and women who serve our country,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “We offer a Veterans Initiative Program that incorporates award-winning marketing, top-notch technology and ongoing training and business development support to help transition veterans from the military to civilian life and our work-from-home business model offers flexibility for active military and their families.”
A 2014 study prepared by Franchise Business Review for the International Franchise Association (IFA) found that, since 2011, 203,000 veterans and military spouses have started careers in franchising. Cruise Planners offers unique benefits that make it attractive for active military, military spouses and veterans to invest in a Cruise Planners franchise.
“It’s clear from the numbers that successful businesses like Cruise Planners and our other Hot Franchises recognize that veterans are among the best employees around,” says Sean Collins, Vice President for Military Products at Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and post-9/11 Navy veteran. “Skills and traits learned in military service — leadership, being a quick learner, determination, following operational procedures and leveraging all available resources — are used each and every day to run a franchise.”
Cruise Planners’ Veterans Initiative Program provides nearly 30 percent in savings and gives the military community the opportunity to become their own boss and build a home-based travel franchise using a proven track record of successful marketing, technology and business support.
“People with military experience typically think of Cruise Planners because they enjoy helping others, have a passion for travel, and have a large network within the military community,” Fee said. “We provide them the support they need to be successful since we don’t make money unless they make money.”
Veterans and military personnel interested in owning a Cruise Planners franchise should visit the Cruise Planners military page. The complete list is published in the June issue of G.I. Jobs®.
About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a network of more than 1,000 franchise owners who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients, many who are veterans. The Florida-based Home Office team positions franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing, booking and lead-generating tools, as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and has been named the No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur for 12 consecutive years.
Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. with more than 20 years of experience, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Cruise Planners is one of the Top franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine and the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review. For more information, visit http://www.cruiseplannersfranchise.com/military/.
About Victory Media and G.I. Jobs®:
Publisher of G.I. Jobs®, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. G.I. Jobs® is the premier brand in military recruitment and free guide to opportunities from classrooms to careers for the military community.
Cruise Planners has been named to Sun Sentinel’s South Florida Top Workplaces, and recently hosted a land tour of Italy for its top-producing agents.
“It is a huge honor to be named a top workplace,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “We value our employees and create a family-like environment, which creates loyalty and breeds success. Our dedicated team is why Cruise Planners stands with the best.”
In order to achieve the title of “Top Workplace,” Cruise Planners employees ranked high levels of satisfaction in six key categories, which include direction, execution, connection, workload, management and pay and benefits. The anonymous survey was conducted by Workplace Dynamics, LLP, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and employee engagement. Workplace Dynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United States.
Cruise Planners’ Home Office has seen significant growth over the last few years. From a start-up company envisioned by Fee more than 20 years ago, Cruise Planners’ Home Office Team has grown to a staff off 74 people.
Italy Trip for Top-Producing Agents
The company also recently invited its top-producing travel agents on a week-long Italy land tour. The group was escorted by Fee and Cruise Planners co-owner Vicky Garcia, as well as representatives from Europe Express and Oceania Cruises.
The group started in Florence and visited many Italian cities, complete with wine tastings at local wineries, private cooking lessons in a Tuscan villa and exclusive city excursions. The group stayed at the Villa La Palagina in Tuscany, experienced a tour of Milan complete with a visit to the Duomo de Milan, and toured Lake Como with a final night’s stay at the Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa in Lake Maggiore.
“This year, we have grown our land-based business so it was a natural decision to experience Europe with so many of our top-producing agents,” said Fee. “Europe Express showed us an exceptional itinerary, guided hospitality and culturally immersive experiences, which will only help positively impact our total land sales.”
Agents also learned about Oceania Cruises’ product and European sailings while on the trip. The collaboration showcased a combination of pre- and post-cruise extension packages for travelers throughout Italy.
About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a franchise network of more than 1,000 franchise owners who are experienced travel professionals who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office team positions franchise owners for success by providing them with innovative marketing, booking and lead-generating tools as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and was named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur for 12 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology and named to the Fast 50 by the South Florida Business Journal .
Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. for 20 years, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include a record 11 Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2013, Special Needs Group Accessible Travel Advocate Power Partners™ for 2012, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for eight years in a row (2004 – 2011), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2013), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement for 2012, Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2013) and Home-Based Agency of the Year (2010), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013) and Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Globe Award (2008 – 2012), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009- 2012), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For information, visit www.cruiseplanners.com .
Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our media room , following us on Twitter @Cruisitude or on Facebook . For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them . For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit our franchise site .
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Caitlin Murphy, Director of Public Relations
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
It’s that time of year to decide what you want to do with that tax return you are getting from Uncle Sam. Or, are you already anticipating your goals for next year’s tax season? Goals are made, charge cards are paid off, mortgages are made with a hefty deposit…but here is an option you have probably not considered in regards to investing that money so it can be both productive and tax effective as it grows into a sound investment.
Many people would think “investing” means stock market, mutual funds, annuities or bonds etc., However, investing in a home-based small business like Cruise Planners is not only a continuous revenue producing investment, it is also tax rewarding in providing many deductions – such as a home office, business expenses, travel, and all those nice deductions that add to a nice refund each year.
The way to look at investing your refund in Cruise Planners is tri-fold in rewards.After you use your refund to invest in CP, You attend Cruise Planners University for your training which is product specific for your business. What other franchise can you invest in that would provide you the expertise and education for success as you start your small business. At CP the follow-up for your new business, is critical to providing you the tools necessary to assure your business is a success. You are taught marketing, business planning, financial strategies, networking and meeting planning, conventions…the entire range of necessary steps to make a lucrative return on your investment.
Software programs help you figure out the best solutions for your taxes. The internet provides these tax deductible tools that makes owning your own home-based business simplified when doing your personal or business taxes. There are several software programs that takes the worry out of all the figures in your business so no need to worry about how accomplished you are in math.
They show you how to:
- Estimate your quarterly taxes
- Connects all your accounts so you can see income vs. spending
- It tracks all our expenses
- Provides the reports you need for your accountant
- Maximizes deductions like home office and mileage
- Security is as high as bank-grade encryption
What are some of the other tax benefits in owning a small business?
- According to a legal authority on small businesses, you can shelter your earnings
- You can set aside a substantial sum for retirement and get a big tax deduction now.
- Writing off business travel
- Deducting those educational expenses
- When you attend those meeting conventions or seminars…yep, travel is deductible
So, for $10,495 dollars you can own a CP franchise (including an appreciative discount for the military) using your tax refund this year, or set your goals for investment and earnings for next year’s refund. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain as a Cruise Planner Franchise Owner.
- You are your own boss
- You own your own home-based business
- Low–cost investment with a proven high ratio for revenue success
- Excellent tax deductions
- Educational benefits and Experts to support your interests
Now, what did you say you were going to do with that Income Tax Refund?
Still have Questions? Call Dan Hicks – Vice President, Franchise Development @ 888-582-2150.
Yep! That business related call will be tax deductible!
Almost anyone can purchase a franchise business and hope for success. But not everyone can make it a successful work at home opportunity that is prosperous.
- Do you have a hard time making a business plan?
- Do you feel comfortable with Sales and Marketing and working with Potential Prospects?
- Do you have a hard time setting goals?
- Are you frustrated because you don’t know where to begin?
There are definitely options to help you get started.
- Cruise Planners are the experts you need and can help you get started “professionally” right from the beginning and well into when you have your goal made and reached.
- You have to be willing to invest not only in the small business, but invest in yourself with confidence. The training you receive from Cruise Planners allows you gain that confidence to succeed in your new small work-at-home travel business.
- Take each step from day one with expert advice from other franchisors, agents, and executives in the business and CPU University, which focuses on YOU and YOUR business success.
After you have a business plan, you need to implement a marketing strategy for your small business…one that separates you from your competitors. Most of the proven strategies are provided to you via the CPU University. They have already done the research and analysis you need to get started on your own marketing plan.
CPU University will focus on the Product, Promotion, Pricing and Places that will setup your marketing strategy for you.
You will also learn about the specifics of:
- Promotional Strategy
- Publicity and Public Relations
- Sales Force
- Sales Promotion
You will want to make your strategy geared toward your own small business. You will want to make it unique. You will want to determine WHO your potential demographics, customers and clients you want to address. Learn to be flexible as you go because once you begin the process, ideas, changes and implementation may change based on new information you have gathered. You will need to outline your financial goals and strategies. Keep records simple but thorough and update often. Use a professional if necessary to keep you on track.
Now, go forward, make that call. Get your questions listed. Setup your goals, wants and needs to become a home based small business franchisor with Cruise Planners. You already took the first step when you decided you wanted to start your own small business!