Cruise Planners Launches 'Corps Care' Program, Sweepstakes

New Initiatives Designed to Help Entrepreneurial Veterans Transition to Home-Based Civilian Career Opportunities

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cruise Planners, a South Florida-based national cruise agency with a franchised network of more than 700 experienced travel professionals, today announced the launch of Corps Care, a new program and sweepstakes designed to help entrepreneurial veterans transition to home-based civilian career opportunities. At the heart of the Corps Care program is a series of discounts available to qualifying honorably discharged U.S. military veterans toward establishing their own independent Cruise Planners franchises. Corps Care discounts carry a value of $2,600+ as follows:


CORPS CARE BENEFITS VALUE
Franchise Fee Discount (10%) $1,000
Free Training Program in Fort Lauderdale for second person $995
Co-op Advertising Fund $500
Free three-month trial enrollment in Cruise Planners' Web Program $150
TOTAL $2,645


To celebrate the launch of the new program, Cruise Planners has launched a Corps Care Sweepstakes with a grand prize of a free Cruise Planners franchise to be awarded to a deserving U.S. military veteran. To enter, servicemen and women must describe in 500 words or less why they should to be awarded the franchise. Cruise Planners will waive all franchise fees (value: $10,000) for the lucky winner. All normal requirements for Cruise Planners membership will be required of the winner, including the completion of all corporate training programs and achieving productivity quotas.

The deadline for entries is Veteran's Day, November 11, 2008, with the winner to be announced on December 15, 2008. Entries may be submitted via e-mail at cpcorpscare@cruiseplanners.com or by mail at 3300 University Drive, Suite 602, Coral Springs, FL 33065, ATTN: Corps Care Sweepstakes.

Michelle Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners, commented on the Corps Care program, stating: "Cruise Planners supports U.S. troops 100% and counts a number of veterans among our strongest franchise owners. We're proud to launch this program as an extension of our support, and we look forward to helping entrepreneurial veterans transition to a new and rewarding career."

About Cruise Planners

Founded in 1994, Cruise Planners is an American Express Travel Services Representative national cruise agency headquartered in Coral Springs, FL, that operates a franchised network of 700+ experienced travel professionals who independently book cruises and other associated travel. Cruise Planners annual gross sales exceed $100 million. Cruise Planners has achieved the highest industry awards year after year; Royal Caribbean's Homebased Partner of the Year (2007), Carnival's Pinnacle Club (2008), Carnival's Agency of the Year (2005), American Express Travel Services Rep Excellence Award (2004-2007) and Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500® - ranked #1 cruise agency franchise (2004-2008), to name a few.

For more information about Cruise Planners, including details on how to become a Cruise Planners agent, please call 1-888-582-2150 or visit www.beacruiseagent.com.

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