Expedia CruiseShipCenters is one of the world's largest retail travel agency franchises. As an Expedia owner, you'll lead an expert team of independent Vacation Consultants who help customers design and book custom cruise and travel packages for their families. Industry data (CLIA) shows people crave this advice, with more than 80% of cruises sold by travel agents. And for the past 20 years Expedia CruiseShipCenters has perfected the formula, growing 3x faster than the $42 billion cruise industry overall.
Facts & Figures
Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$150,000 - $250,000
Units in operation
The FranchiseHelp Brief
What is it?
- One of the world's largest retail travel agency franchises, with a globally recognized brand and a focus on selling amazing cruise vacations
- Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchises also sell tours and non-cruise vacation packages according to customers’ needs and interests
How does it make money?
- Franchisees are paid commissions by cruise ship companies, airlines, and other vacation vendors
- Revenue also comes from sales of travel insurance and other travel-related products
Who is it for?
- Anyone with a passion for travel, vacation, and cruises
- Those looking to lead a large team of experts who help people make great decisions with their family vacation budgets
- Entrepreneurs seeking the benefits of a premium, world-class brand (Expedia)
- People who appreciate the advantages of a brick-and-mortar, retail location, which allows for face-to-face customer service and sales
- Investors looking for a franchise whose sales expansion has outpaced its industry, in a large and growing market
What would you do as a franchisee?
- Recruit and oversee a large team of travel industry experts, supporting them as they help customers sort through their vacation options
- Manage the day-to-day operations of your retail location
- Partner with vacation and cruise vendors to book customers
- Advise customers on issues relevant to specific vacation destinations
Join North America’s Top Retail Travel Agency Franchise
Have you imagined pursuing your passion, working with the most recognized name in travel and actually owning the business? Well now you can. With an Expedia CruiseShipCenters Franchise, you can enjoy a great lifestyle as the owner of a retail travel agency franchise, backed by the most recognized brand in travel. As a full service travel agency that specializes in cruises, your Expedia CruiseShipCenters location will offer travelers in your community a wide range of travel products along with outstanding service and Expedia prices.
People love to cruise which is why 25.3 Million cruisers are expected to set sail in 2017. To meet the growing demand for this high value vacation, cruise lines continue to invest billions, with over 100 new cruise ships that will debut between now and 2026. Fueled by the baby boomer generation and an increasing appeal to younger travelers, cruising enjoys the highest satisfaction rate of any vacation and has an extremely high repeat rate. There’s never been a better time to capitalize on this growing industry with an Expedia franchise.
Growing Demand for Cruise Expertise
Today’s cruisers are overwhelmed with information and options. With a growing number of ships, staterooms and destinations to choose from, travelers are looking for expert, in-person advice from a trusted professional. That’s why 82% of cruisers tend to book through a travel agent according to Cruise Lines International Association. Plus, with hotels, flights and shore excursions required to complete the vacation experience, your earning potential as an Expedia CruiseShipCenters Franchise Partner is enormous.
Part of the #1 Brand in Travel
With an Expedia franchise, you can own a retail travel agency connected to your community – backed by the largest travel brand in the world. As part of Expedia Inc., a $84 Billion company, you can offer your customers a trustworthy brand and the best choice and prices, in addition to the personal service and advice they expect from a locally owned and operated business. With the most recognized brand in travel on your door, you’ll attract new customers and build market share in your protected market area.
Track Record of Success
For more than two decades, our sales have grown more than 11% a year on average — three times the rate of the cruise industry overall. Now a market leader, our network includes over 235 independently owned franchises who support more than 5,000 Vacation Consultants across North America. Our continued success and outstanding franchisee support has earned us recognition as a top-ranked franchise year after year. By joining the Expedia CruiseShipCenters family, you can leverage 30 years of experience while also enjoying the true benefits of owning your own business.
Proven Franchise Model
A manageable initial investment enables you to support a large number of commission-based Independent Contractors who will sell travel from your store or their home office. With no limit on team size, you can continuously grow your team and your business as large as your dreams. The initial and ongoing support provided by our 125+ corporate team will help you build out your store and keep you on track to meet your business goals every step of the way.
If you’re a proactive, outgoing leader who wants to build a profitable business in the exciting travel industry, find out more about Expedia Franchise opportunities in your area by submitting an information request on this page. You will immediately begin the first phase of our franchise discovery process with access to our interactive virtual brochure that will allow you to explore the details of our marketing, technology and support at your own pace. We look forward to speaking with you soon and helping you discover how you can build wealth, equity and the life you’ve been dreaming of with an Expedia Franchise.
Expedia CruiseShipCenters is an SBA approved franchise, ask us how you can leverage your retirement funds to finance your franchise. Veterans and First Responders receive a 15% discount on the Franchise Fee.
“I have always dreamed of owning my own business and had extensive experience in corporate America. The support of the Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise system allows me to capitalize on my experience while taking advantage of a proven system. I'm not left to re-invent the wheel."
Jon Harvill Birmingham, Alabama – Franchise Owner
“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 and I felt that it was very forward-looking.Expedia is a household name that has instant credibility and instant familiarity with our customers. That is a big differentiator from most of our competitors who don’t have a big brand for people to connect with.”
Chris Meyer Orange County, California – Franchise Owner
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