Supporting You Through Our Startup Process

Discover the dedicated training & support you’ll get through the process of building and launching your retail travel agency

So you’ve completed your due diligence and have decided that a travel agency franchise with Expedia CruiseShipCenters is the perfect fit for you. What happens next?

In our organization, we take a great deal of pride in the startup and onboarding support that we provide our new franchise owners to make sure we set you up for success. Our team of Franchising Managers and Program Specialists are here to help you launch your business with a strong start in every aspect – from finding your perfect location and store build-out, through to recruiting and training your dreamteam of Vacation Consultants.

With over 255 Expedia CruiseShipCenters open and 25 new Centers opened in 2017, we recognize the importance of having a strong team to help with the startup, on-boarding and launch of each location. That’s why we have dedicated teams at our Corporate Support office who are committed to providing all of the help you need to feel confident in each step of launching your new business.

Watch our Startup and Onboarding support video to meet a few members of the team that will guide you through the path to opening your Expedia CruiseShipCenters location.

Let’s explore in more detail the startup and onboarding support we provide to set our franchise owners on the path to success.

Phase 1: Startup Support

You’ll begin the first step of the startup process immediately following the signing of your Franchise Agreement. Your Franchise Development Manager will introduce you to the Startup and Onboarding team by conference call, kicking off your search for your perfect location. The Startup team will be your go-to resource to get your space ready for customers from location search and selection to the design and build out of your franchise. With the assistance of a third party real estate company, the Startup team will work with you to find the perfect location that ticks all of the boxes for great accessibility for customers and staff, strong visibility in your community, and a large enough space to accommodate a hub of activity. During this step, you’ll also receive guidance though the application process for the necessary licensing needed to operate a travel business in your community.

This process can be the longest component of your setup but the goal is to have your doors open within nine months of signing your franchise agreement. Remember, we’re in this together and our team will be there to help guide and support you every step of the way.

Path to Franchise Opening

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Phase 2: Onboarding Support

The second step of launching your new travel franchise is onboarding and recruitment. This encompasses everything to do with recruiting and training your dream team of Vacation Consultants, to managing operations and growing your business. An important step in your training will be learning the how to sell travel as a Vacation Consultant so that you can successfully train and support your future team. During your onboarding, you’ll also attend our week-long intensive franchisee training program called Cruise Management Academy at our corporate headquarters where you’ll learn Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ tools, systems and support that will help you manage your team while you grow your business. By the time you open your doors, the goal is to have at least 15 Vacation Consultants trained and ready to sell travel to your community.

The culmination of your efforts will be opening your doors for business and planning your Grand Opening event! From that point onward you’ll receive ongoing support from your Franchise Performance Coach and team at the Corporate Support office as you run the day to day operations of your travel business. Our goal is to set you up for success and provide ongoing coaching and support as you build and grow your Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise.

At Expedia CruiseShipCenters, we are committed to helping our franchise owners become exceptional leaders who can build a strong team and become the go-to cruise experts in their local community. Setting our franchise owners up for success is our purpose and we’re committed to helping you achieve your business and lifestyle goals.

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Are you ready to begin the Expedia franchise discovery process? To continue exploring the Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise opportunity, complete the form below and receive our franchise information brochure. You can also learn more by reading the essentials about our franchise opportunity here.

Travel Franchise Review: Q&A with Erica Tulloch of Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Passion, customer service, and drive are the fast-track ingredients to building a successful center

Fresh to the travel industry, new Franchise Partner Erica Tulloch reflects on owning her own Expedia Franchise, and the joys of recruiting and leading a team.

Here’s Erica’s story:

What were you doing before becoming an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise owner?

Erica: I used to work for Alberta Health Services as an administrative assistant Prior to that I worked in the home and auto insurance industry as an insurance agent. This role was very people-oriented; however, the product was not very exciting. I was passionate about helping people, but people were not passionate about paying their insurance but now my clients are excited about visiting my Center and booking their next adventure.

What lead you to consider franchise ownership? In particular, why a travel franchise?

Erica: I was familiar with the franchise business model as my sister owns a successful bakery franchise. I saw how hard she worked and decided that I wanted to own my own franchise, and I wanted to do something that I am passionate about. My family and I are always on the go and really love to travel so I did my research and Expedia came up as the number one brand in travel. I learned about all the awesome support, training, and systems offered by Expedia CruiseShipCenters, and it seemed like a great fit for me with and blueprints to success provided.

Why is your community ideal for an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise?

Erica: I thought the east end of Edmonton was underserviced and would be perfect for an Expedia CruiseShipCenters since the area needed more retail services. There is some shopping in the area, but no specialty shops, and I was able to secure a very good location, right across from a McDonald’s, and next to a subway. We get lots of foot traffic from both restaurants. It helps to have a retail location where people can come and book travel.

Erica’s Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Edmonton

What do you believe sets Expedia CruiseShipCenters apart from our competitors, including travel websites?

Erica: At Expedia CruiseShipCenters having exceptional customer service is important for us. We really care about our clients and our relationships with them. We ask our clients about their dream travel destinations, and then match our products to their desires.
We provide a retail travel agency location that allows customers to drop by and book travel with our expert Travel Consultants. We have such strong relationships with our customers that they come back to our center after their vacation to tell us all about it!

How do you find your customers?

Erica: I start by simply following the system and doing my due diligence. We utilize our personal network to let as many people know where the center is and that we’re open for business. We also take advantage of the Expedia CruiseShipCenters flyer and marketing program. During our promotion seasons, I send out about 10,000 flyers to people in our designated market area. When people get our flyers and learn about our retail location they are happy to know they can come into our center, sit down, and talk to a real person who will take care of all their travel needs.
I also use email and Facebook marketing, that is coordinated through the corporate office. For example, when a big promotion is happening, the corporate team will send out an email to everyone in our database and run Facebook ads on behalf of our center. It’s great to have the help from the corporate team!

What has your experience been like recruiting and leading a team of vacation consultants?

Erica: It’s been a lot of fun! Everyone I’ve brought on board is passionate about travel and the work they are doing. They are always looking for other ways to promote the business. My consultants really enjoy working at the center, and I have enjoyed recruiting and leading them too. I’m passionate about my team, helping customers, and planning vacations. I see it less of me leading my team, but more as collaborating and brainstorming with my consultants on ideas for how to grow the center and get involved with the community.

Are there specific qualities that you look for in a vacation consultant?

Erica: I look for someone who is very customer service oriented first and foremost. Having passion and willingness to go the extra mile to service our customers is very important. We want our customers to leave here feeling like they’ve been helped, and they can come back anytime to book another vacation with us.

What do you do to drive repeat business and Customers For Life?

Erica: We ask a lot of questions when they first come in here. We had a couple walk into our center the other day, who were going to Australia. They had already booked their flights and hotels but were looking for a car rental. So, we booked them a car, but we were curious and asked them about where they wanted to go next after Australia. They shared their dreams of visiting Dubai and taking a cruise on the new Princess ship. By the time they left the center, we were already preparing the booking for their Dubai trip and they would be back in to complete the booking when they returned from Australia.
We are personable and really care about our customers making sure their vacations are everything they dreamed of.

What aspects of this business do you enjoy the most?

Erica: I really enjoy leading my team of consultants and being in the office. I like researching new ships and learning about clients dream destinations. Whether it’s interviewing, recruiting new consultants, or meeting new customers I love the people aspect of this industry.

How would you describe the culture at your center?

Erica: It’s super fun and positive. We are welcoming to new Vacation Consultants and new customers. When customers come into our center my team is great at them feel comfortable and leaving with a positive impression.

How has the Expedia CruiseShipCenters corporate support team helped you launch and grow your business since you started?

Erica: They have done a tremendous job. The coaching has been one of the major assets to the franchisee training program. Throughout the initial training and setting up my center the corporate team has helped me through the entire process. When we first opened our doors, my Franchise Performance Coach was there to make sure everything went smoothly and is always available for support via email or and phone.

Where do you see your business in 5 or 10 years? And how do you see your lifestyle changing as a result of your business growth?

Erica: I’d like to focus on growing and nurturing my center, and potentially open a second center in my designated area. In five years I hope I’ll be able to travel more to new places. Expedia CruiseShipCenters has great business model and in the future, I hope I can hire an Office Manager, which will allow me to take more time to be with my family and do my own travel. I am happy I was able to build a business around travel because being passionate about it makes it that much more enjoyable.

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For in-depth details about the Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise opportunity, download our free franchise report by filling out the form below. You can also learn more by reading the essentials about our franchise opportunity here.

The Expedia Franchise Discovery Process

Your steps to becoming an Expedia Franchise Partner


Investing in Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® should be the best business decision you will ever make. That’s why we take the steps necessary to ensure that awarding the franchise and entering that partnership together will be mutually rewarding. Our knowledgeable Franchise Advisors will work with you every step of the way as you complete our in-depth Franchise Discovery Process.

Our Franchise Discovery Process is designed to educate potential franchise owners like yourself through educational content, videos, webinars and phone calls. This process typically can be completed in as few as 30 days and consists of three distinct phases that encompass our six step education process.

Phase One: Exploration

It all begins with a phone call, our Franchise Advisors, Jeff Warkentin and Daniel Meyer, will reach out to you to discuss your business ownership goals, experience and desired financial investment. It’s a great opportunity for you to ask any initial questions you have regarding the Expedia franchise opportunity. If it sounds like a great fit for you, we’ll invite you to attend our live introductory webinar that will provide an informative overview of our franchise opportunity.

Phase Two: Education

Our next phase is your opportunity to dig deeper into the prospect of franchise ownership as well as the tools and support you’ll receive along the way.

You’ll learn about the four pillars of our franchise operating system:
Recruitment & Onboarding – how you’ll recruit, grow, and train your team of Vacation Consultants.

Leadership & Recognition
– how you’ll lead, develop, and inspire your team of Vacation Consultants.

Marketing & Promotions
– our award-winning marketing programs and exclusive offers to serve your community with.

Planning & Performance
– the tools and resources we provide you to successfully manage and operate your business.

Once you’ve completed this education phase on our operating system and are interested in pursuing owning your own Expedia CruiseShipCenters, we’ll invite you to complete a confidential qualification form. At this point, you’ll also receive our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) to review.

Phase Three: Validation

You’ll attend a live Q&A call with Expedia CruiseShipCenters President, Matthew Eichhorst, in our Franchise Discovery Process.

The third and final phase includes a live Q&A call with our President and Head of Global Cruise for Expedia GroupTM, Matthew Eichhorst. Another important step in your due diligence in phase three, is conducting validation calls with a few of our existing Franchise Owners to hear directly from them on their experience and words of wisdom. After you’ve attended our President’s call and completed your validation calls, we’ll invite you to the Expedia CruiseShipCenters corporate office in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia to attend Discovery Day. There you’ll meet members of the Senior Leadership Team and prepare to set sail on the business adventure of a lifetime!

Our Franchise Discovery Process covers a lot of important information to ensure you’re embarking on the business opportunity for you. Our expert Franchise Advisors will work with you to educate you on our opportunity and help determine if this is the right business opportunity for you.

Now that you know what to expect in our Franchise Discovery Process, inquire at the form below if you’re ready to begin phase one and meet your Franchise Advisor! You can also learn more by reading our retail travel agency franchise opportunity here.

Meet our Franchise Advisors

Supporting you through the Expedia Franchise Education Process

Expedia CruiseShipCenters continues to expand its full-service retail travel franchises across the continent and our dynamic duo of Franchise Advisors are dedicated to helping potential franchise owners find the business opportunity of their dreams.

Our Franchise Advisors each have extensive experience in franchising and a passion for our proven business model. They’ll help guide you through our seven-step franchise education process and ensure that all your questions are answered along the way.

Jeff Warkentin, Franchise Advisor

Jeff has worn many different hats at Expedia CruiseShipCenters. As a former Franchise Owner turned Franchise Performance Coach with Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Jeff has experienced all sides of our brand’s proven system. Prior to joining the Corporate Support team, Jeff purchased an under-performing Expedia CruiseShipCenters location in 2007 and grew it into a top 10 franchise in our system before selling it three years later. Jeff now uses his wealth of knowledge on the Expedia CruiseShipCenters model to excite candidates about how they too can realize their entrepreneurial dreams and build equity in a fun, growing industry, just like he did.

What advice would you give to candidates? My advice to candidates is to choose a business that’s going to align with your lifestyle and long-term plan. If you love what you do, you’ll never have to work again!

What’s your favorite destination you’ve visited? My wife and I took a Paul Gauguin cruise to the Cook Islands and it was like we were traveling undiscovered land, it is truly stunning. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking to explore the South Pacific.

Where is your next dream vacation? I’d really like to see France and do a river cruise through the Bordeaux region. Wine sampling, great food and good company sounds like a dream.

Daniel Meyer, Franchise Advisor

Daniel joined Expedia CruiseShipCenters in 2014 and continues his successful career in franchise development. He combines his Master’s in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communications with more than 20 years of experience in sales management, and business development. As a previous Franchise Owner and Franchise Development Manager with Tutor Doctor, he has a deep understanding of both franchising and business and has a passion for helping people find the right opportunity to meet their personal and financial goals.

What advice would you give to candidates? I’d tell candidates to choose an industry that encompasses a passion of theirs (i.e. travel or education) and understand that the day to day role is something you can get excited about.

What’s your favorite destination you’ve visited? One of my favorite places I’ve visited is the Moselle River in Germany on a river cruise. There was so much history, architecture and WINE! One afternoon we floated past 35 Castles. I went to Prague on the same trip and it was an amazingly beautiful city.

Where is your next dream vacation? This summer I’m going to Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. I’ve been planning the trip for a while and I’m excited to see each of those cities.

Our Franchise Advisors are here to help educate you on the Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise opportunity. Jeff and Daniel are both experts in franchise ownership and will guide you through the process of discovering our franchise. If you’re passionate about traveling and enjoy building and leading a team, owning an Expedia Franchise could be perfect for you.

Complete the form below to receive of free franchise report and Jeff or Daniel will reach out shortly! You can also learn more by reading the essentials about our retail travel agency franchise opportunity here.

Travel Agent or Travel Agency Owner

Which travel business opportunity is right for you?

At Expedia CruiseShipCenters, we offer two distinct business opportunities with different investment levels, earning potential and lifestyles. Not sure if you want to be a Travel Consultant or be the owner of your own travel agency? Answer the questions in our handy quiz below to determine which opportunity is right for you!

Travel Agent Opportunity

To learn more about becoming a Vacation Consultant with Expedia CruiseShipCenters and get connected with your nearest Center, submit an inquiry at www.joinecsc.com.

Franchise Owner Opportunity

To learn more about becoming a Franchise Owner with Expedia CruiseShipCenters and begin our discovery process, complete the form below. You’ll gain immediate access to our Franchise Report which contains useful information about our franchise opportunity.

Are you ready to get started but still aren’t sure which opportunity is the right fit for you? Read our detailed comparison of the two opportunities: Travel Agent or Travel Agency Owner

Meet some of our newest Franchise Owners

Set sail with the #1 brand in travel and open your own franchise

Expedia CruiseShipCenters continues to expand throughout North America, gaining more exceptional franchise owners year after year. With over 255 travel franchise locations open or in development, we’re on track for 2018 to be another record year.

Our franchise owners come from a wide range of backgrounds, each with their own unique stories of what led them to choosing franchise ownership. Meet some of our newest franchise owners who officially joined the Expedia CruiseShipCenters family in 2017.

Rene Matt – San Diego, CA

Franchise owner, Rene Matt, grew up in Switzerland and his curiosity and desire to travel was sparked early on in life. His background in computer science led to rewarding career in high-tech sales and owning a small merchant services business in Southern California. He discovered the Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise opportunity when he was searching for a new challenge where could utilize his skills and be his own boss. Rene and his family enjoy having an active lifestyle as well as exploring the world and looking for new adventures. In June of 2017 Rene opened his Center in sunny San Diego, CA.

Ram Venkat – Plano, TX

Franchise owner, Ram Venkat, and his family moved from Southern California to Texas before opening his Expedia CruiseShipCenters location in Plano, TX. Ram has an impressive background working in the IT industry for over 15 years holding positions as an IT consultant, VP of application development and IT program Manager. Ram’s leadership and management experience led him to pursue a business opportunity that allows him to enjoy new adventures with friends and family and build equity in his business. Ram and his wife Deepa have two sons and they love travelling as a family, cruising is one of their favorite ways to explore new places.

Nickell Beach- Lehi, UT

Franchise owner, Nickell Beach, is a mom of three and has a background in Business Management and Fashion merchandising. Prior to joining the Expedia CruiseShipCenters family, Nickell worked in the mortgage industry for 15 years and gained experience in sales, operations and management. She enjoys an active lifestyle and was looking to own her own business and build equity around one of her passions. Nickell’s tenacity has made her a great leader in her community opening her Center just south of Salt Lake City in Lehi, UT in July 2017.

Eric and Sharon Hickman – Lakeland, GA

Franchise owners, Eric and Sharon Hickman, opened their Expedia CruiseShipCenters location in October 2017 in Lakeland, GA. Eric is a skilled entrepreneur, with a 14-year career working in manufacturing operations and global supply chain as well as operating and selling several smaller businesses along the way. Sharon is an experienced teacher, working in both the public and private school systems. Successfully home-schooling their children and sending the youngest off to University Eric and Sharon were ready to pursue their next entrepreneurial endeavor together as franchise owners. Combining Eric’s skills in building and leading teams and Sharon’s experience as an educator made Expedia CruiseShipCenters the perfect fit. They are both excited to utilize their strengths as they build long-term equity in a business that they own together.

Are you ready for the next chapter in your career?

When you join forces with Expedia CruiseShipCenters no previous travel industry experience is required – just a passion for travel and desire to recruit and lead a team! Our franchise owners come from a wide array of backgrounds and careers each bringing their own unique skills and experience to the job. Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ proven system, paired with industry-leading tools and support, sets our franchise owners up for success from day one. There’s never been a better time to join the Expedia family by opening your own Expedia CruiseShipCenters!

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Does franchise ownership interest you? For more details about owning your own Expedia CruiseShipCenters download our free franchise report by filling out the form below. You can also learn more by reading the essentials about our retail travel agency franchise opportunity here.

Achieving Your Franchise Business Goals

Refranchising made easy with a dedicated support team


When you become an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise owner you become our partner. Our partnership means we’re in this together, from the moment you sign your franchise agreement to the day you’re ready to sell your Center – for a profit. Beginning with our dedicated Start-Up team to guide you through launching your Center and our knowledgeable Refranchise team specializing in supporting Franchise Partners through the process of selling your business.

Determining your Long-term Goals

At Expedia CruiseShipCenters we begin discussing your long-term plan before you even become a Franchise Partner. When you enter into franchise ownership you’re embarking on an investment that one day you’ll want to sell for a healthy profit! For some it’s a long-term plan, helping them foray into retirement by either developing a trusted Office Manager to operate when they’re vacationing or bringing on their millennial children to purchase the business over time. Some Franchise Partners plan to sell the business in a certain number of years, so their goal is to propel growth faster than others. In this case, they work full time building the business while cultivating their team to produce and hit targets, so the business is attractive to any incoming buyer as it’s on an upward trajectory.

With the growing popularity of entrepreneurship and small business optimism over the last several years, finding a buyer of has become easier. Starting a business from scratch has many commitments and it can sometimes be overwhelming especially for first-time entrepreneurs. However, opening and operating a franchised business can ease this transition with the security of a proven system and reliable support team. Buying an existing franchise that is already in operation can further eliminate any reservations you might have.

Guidance from a Dedicated Support Team

Purchasing an existing franchise business has some significant advantages which can propel growth faster than a startup. An established Expedia CruiseShipCenters has leveraged our proven system and offers a new owner a built-in customer base. Clients know what to expect from your business because they recognize the brand and trust the service they have been provided. Additionally, the support, training and infrastructure are already in place allowing the transition to a new owner to be smoother and more efficient.

When the time comes, you’ll work with our expert team to guide you through our Refranchise Program. The process is designed to both recognize the contributions made by the existing Franchise Partner and to ensure the incoming Franchise Partner is set up for continued success.

Your Refranchise Manager will help to pair you with potential buyers and choose someone who is the right fit for all parties and whom you’re going to enter a negotiation with. From beginning to end of selling your Center your Expedia CruiseShipCenters Refranchise Manager will keep both parties on track, provide relevant documentation and guidance throughout the entire process. Additionally, once the sale is complete we will direct and manage all communication to suppliers while the new owner gets acquainted with your team and works through our Franchise Partner training academy with their dedicated Onboarding Coach.

We’ve seen great success transitioning new Franchise Partners into our proven model, completing over 10 sales with happy sellers and buyers over the past two years alone. Our new Franchise Partners have demonstrated strong year over year growth in what was an already a successful business built up from the previous owner! Buying an Expedia CruiseShipCenters is a fantastic way to build a local asset while being involved in an industry that has a global reach. Whether you’re operating your Center for future expansion or plan to make enough profit to sell in five years, our corporate team of 125+ employees are here to support and guide you every step of the way.

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Get started building your dream business where you can build equity in a proven system like Expedia CruiseShipCenters by completing the form below! If you’re interested in exploring resale opportunities, visit our Resale Opportunities page and complete the form for more information.

The Importance of Attending Discovery Day

Completing your due diligence includes attending Discovery Day

With a multitude of franchise opportunities available today, finding the right franchise fit has never been more important. One of the final steps in any franchise education process is attending Discovery Day to get a glimpse into the corporate values and culture you’re considering joining forces with. We call our franchisees, Franchise Partners, because we believe that franchise ownership is truly a partnership. When attending Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ Discovery Day, we emphasize that this is the opportunity to confirm that we’re the right match for each other as we continue to grow our franchise throughout North America.

What is Discovery Day?

Attend Discovery Day as part of our Franchise Discovery Process.

After spending weeks having regular calls with one of our Franchise Development Managers and making your way through our seven-step franchise education process you’ll have a strong understanding of the Expedia franchise opportunity. At this point, if both parties feel Expedia CruiseShipCenters may be the perfect fit for you, we’ll invite you to join us in beautiful Vancouver, Canada to spend the day with us at Discovery Day. It’s the last step in the process and arguably the most important stage before making the decision to proceed with owning and operating your own Expedia CruiseShipCenters location. Attending Discovery Day is the culmination of your education on the Expedia franchise opportunity and it marks the final step in your due diligence. By the end of the day you’ll
have a complete understanding of our franchise
opportunity and whether it’s the right match
for your business ownership goals.

Why Attend Discovery Day?

While in Vancouver you’ll meet our dedicated 125+ member corporate support team who are committed to providing the best tools and systems for our Franchise Partners to lead and develop their team of Vacation Consultants with so that they can best serve their customers. We strive for Discovery Day to be an interactive day and encourage you to ask those burning questions throughout the day to ensure that we’ve filled any gaps in your due diligence so that you have all the information needed to make an informed decision. During the day we’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about your background and also learn more about what motivates you in your quest to build a profitable and valuable business.

What to Expect When Attending Discovery Day

Attending Discovery Day is an important step in your due diligence.

When you join us for Discovery Day, we’ll spend a full day together with presentations from our President, Matthew Eichhorst, members of our Leadership Team as well as Subject Matter Experts. This informative day is designed to be interactive and affirm everything you’ve learned so far and allow us to dive deeper into our proven system. Another important element of Discovery Day is meeting with you in the form of a break out meeting and discussing your interest in Expedia CruiseShipCenters in greater detail along with your aspirations as a Franchise Partner. At the end of the day, we like to end our time together with an in-house social with members from the corporate team and fellow attendees for a complete introduction to our Stronger.Together® culture at Expedia CruiseShipCenters.

How to Prepare for Discovery Day

1. Complete your research – Completing all six steps in our education process prior to attending Discovery Day will ensure you have a strong foundation and understanding of the Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise opportunity.

2. Make a trip out of it – With our head office based in Vancouver, Canada, it’s a great excuse to extend your stay following Discovery Day and enjoy all the incredible sights our world-class city has to offer. Perhaps a cruise is in your future?

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Corporate Office is located in beautiful Vancouver, Canada

3. Ask the question – We encourage attendees to ask questions throughout the day (even the tough ones!). Discovery Day is the perfect opportunity to ask the expert in person and get the answers you need to make you confident in your final decision.

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Choosing the right franchise is all about fit and meeting the team in person that you’ll be joining forces with as a Franchise owner is hugely important. Each month, our team looks forward to meeting potential franchisees at our Discovery Day and putting a face to your name and voice. At Expedia CruiseShipCenters, we’re committed to helping our franchise owners achieve their goals as successful business owners and strong leaders serving their community by navigating spectacular vacation experiences.

If you’re ready to begin the Expedia CruiseShipCenters discovery process and attend Discovery Day in the coming months, download our free franchise report. You can also learn more through this six step overview of our retail travel agency franchise opportunity here.

In the News: Expedia CruiseShipCenters Announces Expansion Plans for Texas

Leading Travel Franchise Seeks to have 23 Texas Locations Open by 2023

Expedia CruiseShipCenters plans to have 23 Locations open in Texas by 2023

TEXAS – PRNewswire, the top cruise retail travel agency franchise in North America, has announced targeted expansion plans to bring additional travel franchise locations to Texas. Joining four locations already open, and an additional seven under development, the leading travel franchise brand plans to have a total of 23 locations open and operating in Texas over the next three to five years.

Folded into an overall growth vision for the brand, the new Texas development efforts are key to Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ goal to reach its 500-location milestone in North America over the next five years. In addition to the four locations already in operation throughout Texas, Expedia CruiseShipCenters has seven locations currently in development in Dallas, McKinney, Houston, San Antonio and Waco, which are all projected to open over the next three to nine months.

“The strength and rapid growth of our brand is influenced by the increased popularity of the cruise industry which has continued to rise over the last decade,” said Bob Tipple, Senior Director of Franchising. “As the third largest state for cruise embarkations, Texas provides enormous potential for cruise vacation sales and is the perfect market for Expedia CruiseShipsCenters to continue its growth.”

According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), over one million cruisers originated from the Lone Star State in 2016 accounting for nearly 10 percent of all North American cruise passengers. As driving distance to port is a key decision-making factor for cruisers, Expedia CruiseShipCenters has identified the state of Texas as a prime market for its retail travel franchise opportunity due to its significant source of cruisers and cruise port in Galveston.

“Texas is the second most populated state in America—and with over 28 million residents residing there, we have room to add over 100 new Centers,” said Tipple. “Our current franchise development plan hones in on the next three years as we look to add 12 more Centers in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as in several other growth markets.”

Additional target markets for Expedia CruiseShipsCenters’ franchise development in Texas includes the greater Houston area, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Corpus Christi, and several markets in between.

Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ growth is in part driven by the continued expansion of the cruising industry. As noted in the recent CLIA report, cruise travel is expected to rise in 2018, boosting the global economy. An estimated 27.2M passengers are expected to cruise (demand has increased 20.5 percent in last five years). Additionally, 27 new ocean, river and specialty ships are scheduled to debut. After years of stagnant performance, the cruise industry is coming back with a vengeance, contributing more than $126B in total output worldwide.

Expedia CruiseShipCenters provides exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of over 250 retail travel agency franchises. As part of the Expedia group family of brands, the company’s more than 5,000 Vacation Consultants sell a wide range of vacation products including cruises, flights, hotels, vacation packages, tours, excursions and more. The company has been navigating spectacular vacation experiences for customers across North America for 30 years.

With plans to open 23 Texas locations in the next 5 years, Expedia CrusieShipCenters continues to provide business opportunities for driven team leaders who want to build income, equity and a great lifestyle with a retail business they are passionate about.

For more details about the Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise opportunity fill out the form below or take a look at this six step overview or our retail travel agency franchise opportunity here.

Reliable Support along your Franchise Ownership Journey

 How we provide exceptional support for our #1 customer

At Expedia CruiseShipCenters our programs and support systems are designed to ensure that our #1 customer, our Franchise Partners, can focus on their #1 priority, growing and developing their team of Vacation Consultants serving their community with spectacular vacation experiences.

We are dedicated to providing the best tools, proven systems and top tier support for our Franchise Partners and help them achieve their business ownership goals. When you join forces with Expedia CruiseShipCenters you’ll complete our intensive Franchise Partner onboarding prior to opening your Center but the support doesn’t end there. One of the many ways we provide ongoing support to our Franchise Partners after completing their intensive onboarding is access to our dedicated Technical Support team available to help guide owners through any and all kinds of questions. Here’s a glimpse into the incredible team ready to support you as an Expedia franchise owner.

Accessible Support When You Need it

One of the many benefits of franchise ownership is knowing that you have support when you need it. Imagine having an entire team to call on when you need help navigating anything from a simple question on the day to day operation of your Center to where to find one of the great tools available to set your team of Vacation Consultants up for success.

Our more than 250 Expedia CruiseShipCenters locations are in communities across North America and our Technical Support team is available all hours of the business day. Accessibility is key and that’s why our Technical Support team can be reached in whichever format is best for you whether it be via web form, email or live chat – we’re here to help. They’re prompt to respond back with the average wait time being just 30 minutes. Our Technical Support team will direct you with the appropriate resource or tools and when necessary connect you with the Program Manager who can assist with providing additional support when needed.

The Best of the Best

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Our Franchise Partner satisfaction is top of mind and our dedicated Technical Support team strives to continuously provide prompt and exceptional service. Our team is committed to responding quickly and efficiently, when it comes to resolving more than 100 different inquiries on average each day. To keep our finger on the pulse, a Customer Satisfaction Survey is deployed following each inquiry to receive feedback on the recent support experience to provide us insight into our Franchise Partner’s needs. Our Technical Support team are not only great communicators and pleasant to interact with, they also consistently provide solutions for our Franchise Partners and Vacation Consultants with an impressive 99% satisfaction rating! This dedicated team continues to serve Expedia CruiseShipCenters Franchise Partners and Consultants and aim to achieve a 100% satisfaction rating.

Feedback from our #1 Customer

We’re always looking for opportunities to improve our processes and support our Franchise Partners smarter and better. Don’t just take our word for it! Read  some of the feedback we’ve received from Franchise Partners and Vacation Consultants regarding their first-hand experience working with our fantastic Technical Support team.

“Excellent support – completely understood what I needed and provided clear explanation – very quick service, friendly and knowledgeable – could not have been better – thank you!!!!”

“Excellent service, very familiar with the answers that are needed. Pleasure to work with.”

“I’m always thankful that the Technical Support team never says “you know, you could read how to do that yourself. Here’s the link” they just answer my questions like it’s the first time it’s been asked!”

“Phoned quickly and clearly answered to my satisfaction. When asked an additional question put on hold and got the answer.”

“It was great and really loved the follow up to make sure things were working properly.”

“I love working with this team.”

Additional Support Resources for our Franchise Partners

Embarking on a new chapter as a first-time business owner can be overwhelming, that’s why joining a proven system like Expedia CruiseShipCenters with a dedicated team in place to support you every step of the way means that you can go into business for yourself and not by yourself! In addition to our Technical Support team, we have a wealth of resources and articles accessible through our industry-leading technology, CruiseDesk®, where Franchise Partners can review materials from their initial onboarding if they ever need a refresher. In the event step by step assistance is needed, our Technical Support team and 125+ corporate team is ready to help with any aspect of your business.

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