FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 1, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- Although the recession has ended, many states continue struggling, especially with education deficits. As a result, scores of teachers across the nation have received – or expect to receive – pink slips. Sadly, at a time when many teachers are faced with the excitement of back-to-school season, many others unfortunately will not be returning to the jobs they once loved. As a result, CruiseOne (the nation's leading cruise retailer) today announced that it will be giving former educators another shot with its "Second Chance at Success" contest, providing five winners with the opportunity to start a new, successful career as a CruiseOne franchise owner.
"Each member of the CruiseOne executive team fondly remembers a teacher who had an impact on their life," said Dwain Wall, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CruiseOne. "This contest is not just for those who have recently been laid-off – it's also for the teachers who influenced us – for Mr. Flannery, Mrs. Cianciulli, Mrs. McLelland...without them, our executive team knows we would not be where we are today."
To enter CruiseOne's contest, current teachers, laid-off teachers or retired teachers (including teachers' assistants and professors) must complete an online entry form by October 31, 2011. The form and all contest details can be found at www.SecondChanceAtSuccess.com or on CruiseOne's Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/cruiseonefranchise.
"Historically, we've found that teachers make great travel agents and former educators are currently some of CruiseOne's top producers," said Wall. "Teachers have an instinctive knack for sales and many bring exactly the right approach, and passion for success, to our business. We are excited to see how our winners do in 2012!"
The five Grand Prize Winners will be announced by late-November, 2011. They will receive a free CruiseOne franchise including a waived $9,800 initial start-up fee, as well as one year of waived monthly service fees. Additionally, CruiseOne will bring the winners to its new state-of-the-art corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for six days of in-depth training. Winners will be reimbursed for their travel and provided with complimentary accommodations during the training program.
"The travel industry, and cruising specifically, is growing at an amazing rate," said Wall. "CruiseOne is the ideal opportunity for teachers seeking the ability to work from home, be their own boss and most importantly, enjoy a profitable career in a field that lets them see the world."
Initial submissions will be judged by members of the CruiseOne network development, marketing and executive teams. Semi-Finalists will be selected after a phone interview, and asked to submit a resume, CruiseOne Franchise Application and a 1,200 to 2,200 CruiseOne Business Plan.
For more information, visit www.SecondChanceatSuccess.com.
CruiseOne, the nation's largest home-based franchise travel agent network, was founded in 1992 and currently has more than 720 locations. The company is part of World Travel Holdings (WTH), the nation's largest cruise retailer. The franchise has relationships with every major cruise line and many tour operators and as a result, offers consumers the lowest possible pricing. CruiseOne is consistently recognized for its efforts, including being named Royal Caribbean's "Partner of the Year," Celebrity Cruises' "National Account Partner of the Year" and Carnival Cruise Line's "Travel Partner of the Year." A proud member of the International Franchise Association (IFA), MinorityFRAN, and VetFRAN, the company is consistently ranked in major editorial awards including Entrepreneur magazine's "Top 500", Forbes magazine's "Top 20 Franchises to Start," the Franchise Market "Top 100 Companies," and FranchiseBusinessReview's "Top Low Cost Franchises."
Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on 8/1/11, and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 10/31/11. Void where prohibited. Open to current, laid-off or retired teachers, teachers' assistants and professors who are legal residents of U.S. or D.C., are at least 18 years of age as of the start of the Contest Period, who have a computer and an internet connection. If selected as winners, contestants must commit to a 5-year CruiseOne home-based franchise, which requires attendance at a 6-day New Franchisee Training Class in Ft Lauderdale, FL and a starting investment capital (for more information, go to www.cruiseonefranchise.com or call 800-892-3928). Only one (1) submission per contestant. To enter, complete the online entry form available at http://www.SecondChanceAtSuccess.com or www.facebook.com/cruiseonefranchise. If qualified and selected to move to the next round after a phone interview, Semi-Finalists must submit a resume, CruiseOne franchise application and 1,200 words-2,200 words business plan. Submissions must comply with the Submission Guidelines in the Official Rules. Only complete, valid submissions will be accepted. Sponsored by CruiseOne, Inc., 1201 W. Cypress Creek Rd. Ste. 100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Go to http://www.SecondChanceAtSuccess.com/ for full Official Rules and details.