Expedia CruiseShipCenters Sails Through 25 Years of Franchising

Company Keeps Eye on U.S. Expansion in 2013

January 11, 2013 // Franchising.com // Vancouver, British Columbia – 2012 marked 25 years of franchising for Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®– part of Expedia Inc., the largest online travel company in the world. As one of the top travel franchises available, the company continues to spark interest among potential franchise owners.

In 2012, Expedia CruiseShipCenters added 21 new franchise locations, bringing their total to 166 Expedia franchise locations throughout North America. The company also added more than 1,100 Vacation Consultants to their team, taking the total to nearly 4,000 agents. As part of their development plan to expand their presence throughout the United States, the company expanded into new territories, including Dallas, TX, Aventura, FL., and Van Nuys, CA.

“The past year has been very rewarding for us and we are looking forward to expanding Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ presence into new markets in 2013,” said Matthew Eichhorst, President of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. “We owe much of our success to our hard working Franchise Owners and Vacation Consultants. As a result of their dedication, we have been able to remain a market leader in cruise and vacation sales.”

A highlight of the year was Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ annual National Conference, which welcomed over 600 attendees and included a series of presentations, roundtable discussions and various networking opportunities to prepare Franchise Partners and Vacation Consultants with new tools and skills to create an even more successful 2013.

Another 2012 milestone was the launch of the company’s newly redesigned website at www.cruiseshipcenters.com featuring a host of enhancements around design and functionality to create the best travel shopping experience for their customers.

The entire Expedia CruiseShipCenters team also worked hard all year to raise money for breast cancer awareness through various annual national and local initiatives, ending the year with more than $45,000 raised for the cause.

As the travel industry forecast calls for smooth sailing in 2013, Expedia CruiseShipCenters is seeking single and multi-unit franchise owners looking for business opportunities across the United States. For more information on Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise opportunities, visit www.expediafranchise.com.

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

Media Contact:

Stacy Rubenstein
Fishman Public Relations
(847) 945-1300
srubenstein@fishmanpr.com

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