Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence Expedia CruiseShipCenters Holds 2012 National Conference

Expedia CruiseShipCenters to Share Best Practices, and Company Updates Aboard Ruby Princess

November 14, 2012 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, FL - With more than 25 years of experience in franchising, Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® will welcome 600 attendees from November 11th to the 18th onboard Ruby Princess® for their 2012 National Conference.

The theme for the annual event, which is attended by Franchise Partners, Vacation Consultants, and travel industry executives, is Building Excellence – Celebrating 25 Years. The conference will celebrate the company’s incredible milestones and plans for future development, while helping Franchise Partners and Consultants achieve both their personal and professional goals with a well laid out plan for the coming year.

“From the very first franchise in 1987 to a network of 160 franchises and 3,800 Consultants in 2012, Expedia CruiseShipCenters continues to evolve as the top cruise franchise in the world,” says Matthew Eichhorst, President of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. “Our success is made possible because of the outstanding collective efforts of our Franchise Partners, Consultants, Preferred Suppliers and our Corporate Support team members. We look forward to the next 25 years.”

In addition, the week-long cruise contains an action packed agenda filled with exciting news about brand strategy, new website developments, sales opportunities, and technology enhancements that will help Franchise Partners and Consultants achieve success in 2013.

“There will be beneficial networking opportunities, industry leader discussions, a new sales training program and fun activities for all aboard the ship,” explained Eichhorst.

During the week-long event, attendees will also have plenty of time for fun with exclusive cocktail parties and free time in Eastern Caribbean ports of call such as St. Maarten, NA, St. Thomas, VI and Grand Turk Island, TC.

“I am looking forward to brainstorming ideas with fellow franchise owners that will help each one of us grow our Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise locations,” said Vince Bonfanti, owner of the Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise in Alpharetta, GA. “Being a part of the Expedia CruiseShipCenters family has truly changed my life. With the strong sales and marketing tools that are provided to us, assistance from the Corporate Support team and the support of other owners, Expedia CruiseShipCenters sets up their franchise locations for success. I am very eager to take what I learn from the conference and apply it to my overall 2013 business strategy.”

About Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world, has partnered with Expedia CruiseShipCenters to provide travelers a one-stop-shop for cruises and vacations. Expedia CruiseShipCenters was founded in 1987 and offers the best value in the industry with 3,800 travel consultants in more than 160 franchise locations throughout North America. Recently named a fast-growing franchise by MSN Money, the company offers flexible, rewarding business opportunities for travel consultants and franchise owners with a passion for travel. For more information on joining the Expedia CruiseShipCenters team, visit: www.joinecsc.com or www.expediafranchise.com.

Expedia is either a registered trademark or trademark of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST # 2029030-50 and CST # 20893-43


Holly Kleese
Fishman Public Relations



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