October 28, 2016 // Franchising.com // Mill Creek, Wa. – Planning a vacation has just become a lot easier for families in Mill Creek, with the recent opening of Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ 200th location at 15414 Main St. in August. The location is owned and operated by local entrepreneur, Ricardo Pruneda, who currently has a team of five vacation consultants, with room for an additional 15 consultants in the immediate future and a total of 30-40 consultants overall.
Expedia CruiseShipCenters – part of the Expedia group family of brands – offers cruise vacations and much more through its 220 locations across North America. Customers are able to choose from numerous vacation possibilities over land, sea and air, including customized trips, coach & rail tours and insurance – all at Expedia prices. In addition to the research and booking features available on their local website, Pruneda and his team offer personal vacation consultations in person, through email or over the phone, so customers always have the freedom to book when, where and how they choose.
“Since opening our doors we been surprised at the amount of interest our community members have shown in learning more about their travel options, and we look forward to helping them find the cruise or vacation that is a perfect fit for their needs,” Pruneda, owner of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Mill Creek said. “The Internet can become overwhelming when trying to plan a vacation. With so many options available, customers really want to speak to an expert. Our team of Vacation Consultants are experts at explaining the differences among ships and cruise lines to help our customers find the vacation that’s perfect for them.”
Expedia CruiseShipCenters Vacation Consultants are provided with extensive training and marketing support which allows them to become navigators of spectacular vacation experiences, even with no travel experience. “We are actively recruiting Vacation Consultants to work full-time or part-time, as a home based agent or from our retail center,” claims Pruneda. “Our agents have the freedom and flexibility to build their travel business on their own terms, with the power of Expedia behind them.”
For Pruneda, family has always come first. Born in Mexico City, Pruneda and his family moved to America when he was four-years old, where he watched his father pursue the American Dream, taking a chance going out on his own and running a business. Now with a family of his own, Pruneda was ready to do just that. After spending the last 15 years in the sales management industry, Pruneda jumped at the opportunity to own his first Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise because, to him, the best service he can give people is the opportunity to spend time with the people they love. Having lived in the Lynnwood area for the past 14 years, Prunedaknows Mill Creek is a fantastic community that will be a perfect fit for an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the industry shows no signs of slowing down, with nearly 24 million passengers expected to sail in 2016, a dramatic increase from 15 million just 10 years prior. CLIA notes member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 27 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2016 for a total investment of more than $6.5 billion. In addition, travel agents are experiencing a higher demand for cruise travel, with eight out of 10 CLIA member travel agents expecting an increase in sales in 2016 over last year.
For more information or to research vacation options, visit www.cruiseshipcenters.com/MillCreek or call 425-318-3344.
Expedia CruiseShipCenters provides exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of 220 retail travel agency franchises. As part of the Expedia group family of brands, the company’s 4,200 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 more than 28 years. For more information on Expedia CruiseShipCenters, visit www.expediafranchise.com.
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