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Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® Announces Expansion Plans for Florida

KEY WEST, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Announcing targeted expansion, Expedia CruiseShipCenters unveiled a plan to bring additional travel franchise locations to Florida. Joining 10 locations already operating in the state, the leading travel franchise brand plans to add at least 10 more locations throughout Fort Lauderdale, Miami, greater Orlando and the Tampa Bay area over the next three to five years.

“We strongly believe that Florida’s thriving cruise market combined with passionate franchisees has great potential to bring continued success to our growing brand.”

Folded into an overall growth vision for the brand, the new Florida locations are key to Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ goal to reach the 500 location milestone in North America over the next five years. Florida’s expansion is building off of the success and efforts of local franchisees like Jennifer and Kevin White in Imperial Point. Expedia CruiseShipCenters is working towards its five year growth plan by targeting areas with thriving travel industries to develop its strong network of franchise owners. The brand’s target expansion plans include five locations in the Miami metropolitan area, three locations in the greater Orlando area and three in the Tampa Bay area, in addition to an opening in Boca Raton later this year.

“Florida has been a great market for Expedia CruiseShipCenters and has shown our franchisees a lot of success. Within the next few years, we plan to double our presence in the state by working with local entrepreneurs to bring our growing brand to their communities,” said Matthew Eichhorst, president of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. “We strongly believe that Florida’s thriving cruise market combined with passionate franchisees has great potential to bring continued success to our growing brand.”

The Sunshine State is home to two of the nations busiest cruise ports, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, as well as three other terminals. With nearly 80 ships and 8.6 million cruisers being processed in Fort Lauderdale and Miami each year, Florida is a hub of travel lovers and consumers creating ideal demographics for Expedia CruiseShipCenters.

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, the demand for cruising has increased 68 percent in the last ten years. The association also points out that the U.S. economic impact of the cruise industry is larger than ever — 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.

With over 225 retail locations already open or under development, the Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ franchise network is rapidly expanding. The Whites are key examples of the varied backgrounds the brand’s franchisees come from. Prior to opening an Expedia CruiseShipCenters location, Jennifer taught special education in Broward County for 13 years, while Kevin worked in sales at a charter airline, Miami Air. They attribute their success to building relationships with local travelers and creating ‘Customers For Life.’

“We wanted a career change that combined our love for travel with the challenge of taking on an entrepreneurial role. We came across Expedia CruiseShipCenters while looking for a new business opportunities and loved the support we receive from corporate,” said Imperial Point, Florida franchisee Jennifer White. “With a well-known brand like Expedia, we appreciated the business and marketing plans that were already in place as well as the fact that we are not a dot-com. Having a store front and customer service is a big advantage when people don’t have time to sift through the internet to plan a vacation—especially if they are looking for something that is tailored to them.”

On track to open 36 new locations by the end of this year, Expedia CruiseShipCenters continues to provide business opportunities for driven team leaders like the Whites who want to build income, wealth and equity in a retail business they are passionate about. To learn more, visit www.expediafranchise.com.

About Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Expedia CruiseShipCenters provides exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of 225 retail travel agency franchises. As part of the Expedia group family of brands, the company’s 4,300 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 nearly 30 years. For more information on Expedia CruiseShipCenters, visit www.expediafranchise.com.

Expedia and CruiseShipCenters are trademarks or registered trademarks of Expedia, Inc. or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2016 Expedia. All rights reserved. CST # 2029030-50 and CST # 20893-43

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Family Franchise Business Brings Three Dickey's Barbecue Pit Locations to Eastern Michigan

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MIAMI, FL (March 10, 2016) – Granite Transformations, a global full-service residential and commercial remodeling franchise known for their revolutionary, proprietary resurfacing process, is pleased to announce that franchise opportunities are now available throughout North America. With more than 20 years of franchising experience, the company offers a unique and thriving business model that has made its presence known in eight countries on four continents across the globe, with more than 150 franchise locations worldwide, including 74 North American locations.The home improvement business has seen continued growth and success over the past several years, and with a moderate entry-level investment, the opportunity proves to be an enticing venture for prospective franchise owners with a significant potential for profit and future growth.The Granite Transformations story is a rich, centuries-old Italian heritage turned global entrepreneurial dream. The company presents time-challenged and quality-conscious homeowners a premium surface design solution without the demolition hassle of traditional kitchen and bath remodeling. Using an exclusive selection of the highest-quality granite, recycled glass and quartz counter tops and mosaic tiles – all offering a lifetime warranty – its "over-the-top"installation process virtually eliminates the need for demolition, shortening a project timeline and easing the stress and mess of typical home renovations. The product’s versatility allows for a wide range of uses and brings added value and growth potential, appealing to both homeowners and commercial businesses alike looking to renovate or build new.“Granite Transformations offers one of the most dynamic and fulfilling franchise opportunities in the rapidly expanding home remodeling space,” says Andrea Di Giuseppe, International Chief Executive Officer. “Customers are looking to spend wisely and make a smart investment – they want the most attractive, quality, sustainable product, which is exactly what we offer coupled with the fastest install process available to immediately increase home value.”With renovations continually on the rise, franchise owners enjoy minimal risk and consistent demand no matter the state of the economy. Homeowners are choosing to renovate the key areas of their homes – kitchens and bathrooms– rather than build or buy new, and their recognition of the value of this important, long-term investment is an undeniable owner benefit.Di Giuseppe continues, “From the very beginning, Granite Transformations has stayed true to its artistic tradition,respect for natural resources and commitment to innovation, and the company is committed to the continuing expansion, growth and success of our franchise system.”

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