What Are the Startup Costs?

Expedia Cruises franchise owners need to have adequate savings while starting and continuing to build their businesses

Expedia Cruises franchise owners should expect to invest between $197,050 and $328,745 to get their business up and running. Our startup costs are relatively low for a retail franchised business. There is also no inventory that you need to buy in order to start selling travel products to customers.

As part of the initial costs of getting your business going, you will need to have enough working capital during the first year to fund your lifestyle and expenses in the ramp-up phase. Delayed gratification is the name of the game for an Expedia Cruises owner because franchisees and their team of Vacation Consultants only start earning commissions once customers begin their travel. That means that if today you sell a cruise that departs six months from now, you and your Consultants will receive commission in six months once the trip commences. As your business matures, your team grows and your clients depart, however, those commissions begin to grow and are paid on a more regular basis.

Here is a detailed look at start-up costs, from Item 7 of our 2024 Franchise Disclosure Document:

Type of ExpenditureAmount (low range)Amount (high range)Method of PaymentWhen DueTo Whom Paid
Initial Franchise Fee$49,000$49,000Lump SumWhen Franchise Agreement is signedUs
In-person Training - Your Transportation and Accommodation$1,200$6,000As ArrangedAs IncurredSuppliers
In-person Training – Additional Trainee0$495As ArrangedAs IncurredUs
In-person Training – Additional Trainee Transportation and Accommodation0$1,750As ArrangedAs IncurredSuppliers
Premises Lease Security Deposit$2,500$7,500As ArrangedAs IncurredLandlord
Utilities and Telephone Deposit250$900As ArrangedAs IncurredSuppliers
Leasehold Improvements$33,000$80,000As IncurredAs IncurredSuppliers
Signage and Merchandising$12,900$15,100As IncurredAs IncurredSuppliers
Computers and Software$3,500$6,000Lump SumAs IncurredSuppliers
Office Equipment and Supplies$1,500$6,000As IncurredAs IncurredSuppliers
Office Furniture and Furnishings$14,000$20,000As IncurredAs IncurredSuppliers
Insurance$800$2,000As ArrangedAs ArrangedInsurance Provider
Professional Fees$500$3,500As ArrangedAs ArrangedProfessionals
Business License and/or Permits$500$1,500Lump SumAs IncurredLocal Authorities
Additional Funds Working Capital for the first 18-36 Months$77,400$129,000As NeededAs IncurredVaries

These costs are outlined in detail in our Franchise Disclosure Document, which is provided to candidates later on during our mutual evaluation process. You should expect to incur these types of expenses as part of your initial investment from the day you sign the Franchise Agreement through the first 18-36 months of operating your Travel Business. However, the actual amounts of your expenses may vary.

Amounts shown are in United States Dollars and are based on our USA FDD. Such measures and experiences are intended for use in the USA only and are not intended to represent or be used for viewers in Canadian markets.  Canadians may inquire about financial representations in accordance with their local franchising regulations.

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