Reflecting on another brilliant year
Expedia CruiseShipCenters had another stellar year expanding across North America in 2018. We gained more traction in our target states and were able to educate a growing market interested in the Expedia franchise opportunity. As we enter into our 32nd year in business, we are excited to announce another record year and looking forward to exciting things in 2019.
In 2018, we opened 26 new Expedia CruiseShipCenters, bringing the total to over 280 retail locations across North America and welcomed over 2000 new Vacation Consultants totaling the network to 6,100+. In the same year, we also awarded our 100th deal in the US, signed our first multi-unit franchise agreement and have grown 17% year over year.
With lots of room to grow in the US, our Centers are working to capture a major portion of the 30 million cruisers expected to cruise in 2019 as estimated by CLIA. Looking ahead, we are planning for huge growth with plans to open over 25 more franchise locations this year and are on track to reach our goal of opening 500 Centers in North America over the next 5 years. This is an exciting time to join the booming cruise industry with Expedia CruiseShipCenters as we continue to expand in communities all over the continent. We expect 2019 to be another high performing year, awarding both single and multi-unit franchises.
Each year Expedia CruiseShipCenters continues to make waves in the cruise industry. We are honored to have received the following awards in 2018 as well as being featured on Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise 500 ranking:
- Celebrity Cruises: North American Partner of the Year
- Norwegian Cruise Line: 2018 Elite Partner of the Year
- Royal Caribbean International: President’s Award for Overall Achievement
- MSC: Canadian Consortium Partner of the Year
- Carnival Cruises: Retail Travel Partner Excellence Award
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