December 16, 2011 // Franchising.com // Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne, one of the nation’s most rapidly growing full-service travel agency franchises, today announced that it has entered into a master franchise relationship with the UK-based agency Cruise118. Cruise118 will launch a strategic plan to grow the business, aiming to close ten new franchise sales by the end of 2011 and up to 20 franchises by the end of 2012. CruiseOne is owned and operated by World Travel Holdings (WTH), which purchased a stake in Cruise118 in 2010.
“Over the past 20 years, CruiseOne has become a powerhouse in the United States and really emerged as an innovative front-runner, when it comes to the travel agency model,” said Dwain Wall, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CruiseOne. “We believe there is an opportunity to continue growing our business domestically while at the same time, forging strategic partnerships that make sense in key international markets.”
CruiseOne is one of the leading home-based travel agency franchises in the United States. 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.”
“We expect that the CruiseOne business model, which has been so successful in the United States, will translate well to this marketplace, especially appealing to home-based workers who are active in their local communities,” said James Cole, Director of Cruise118. “We are excited to offer a solution to those who are passionate about starting their own business and have an interest in travel. This is a business model we are committed to and look forward to growing with the right people.”
CruiseOne UK is a member of the British Franchise Association and is working with Barclays to provide funding to potential franchisees.
To learn more, visit www.CruiseOneFranchise.com.
CruiseOne, the nation's leading home-based franchise travel agent network, was founded in 1992. The company is part of World Travel Holdings (WTH), the nation’s largest cruise retailer, and has relationships with every major cruise line and many tour operators. As a result, CruiseOne offers travel agents the highest commissions possible, while offering consumers the lowest possible pricing. CruiseOne is consistently recognized for its efforts, including being named Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Elite Travel Partner of the Year,” 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.”
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