Travel franchise is seeking entrepreneurs across the United States
Expedia CruiseShipCenters, one of the biggest cruise sellers in North America, has announced plans to expand into six cities across the United States.
Our travel franchise is looking for partners across the United States, especially in the metropolitan areas of Orlando, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, New York and Seattle. Within easy driving distance of cruise departure ports, these cities have demographics that provide the ideal foundation for a new travel franchise.
“We’ve been growing consistently since 1987, and we have the backing and support of one of the world’s biggest travel brands,” says Matthew Eichhorst, President of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. “We are already the dominant travel franchise in Canada, and we are actively planning on growing our foothold in the United States. By the year 2020, we expect to have 500 locations open, 300 of which will be located in the United States.”
Expedia CruiseShipCenters has nearly 200 locations open or under development. Our growth is driven by three overarching realities: our proven business model is affordable to start and extremely scalable, our focus on cruise vacations makes us a trusted resource among cruise customers, and the cruise industry is growing quickly.
Expedia CruiseShipCenters is at the heart of a booming industry
Expedia CruiseShipCenters has enjoyed average sales growth of 20% a year for the past two decades. We have grown at three times the rate of the cruise industry overall, and that industry has been experiencing a meteoric rise!
Cruises are becoming increasingly popular because they offer comfort and convenience while making it easy for people to visit several exotic locations on a single trip. According to Cruise Lines International Association, an organization that conducts continual analysis of the industry, cruisers spent $20 billion on their vacations in 2013. The association also points out that the U.S. economic impact of the cruise industry is even larger — at $42 billion annually. Cruise lines have responded to that growth by commissioning the construction of more than 65 new ships that are on pace to set sail over the next five years.
“The future of cruising is very bright,” Matthew says. “There is a new audience that wants to buy cruises, and the average age continues to get younger as the Millennial market gets on board. The cruise lines are investing in the industry, so there is a more product for us to sell. And the product itself is being enhanced, which improves yield. Our internal goal is to triple the growth rate of the industry — we have be able to do that every year. If the industry grows by 7%, we grow by 21%.”
The benefit of a brick-and-mortar travel franchise
Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ training, technology, and marketing are designed to help our franchise owners deliver expert advice through their teams of independent travel agents. While many travel franchises are home-based, Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchises operate from a retail office space where travel agents can share knowledge, meet with clients, and maximize sales — all while indulging their passion for travel. The retail location adds credibility, and Expedia CruiseShipCenters are strategically placed in the heart of a community.
Chris Meyer, an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise owner in Orange County, California, left a decades-long career in the newspaper business and started his travel business.
“I had not been planning to become an entrepreneur, but I saw the Expedia business plan and it seemed like a strong plan,” the former deputy editor of The Orange County Register said. “The idea of a big digital company also doing brick-and-mortar locations to appeal to every segment of the market was attractive to me. I thought it was very forward-looking.”