Posts by Alicia Linden

Travel Industry Veteran Dawn Gillis Joins Dream Vacations in Newly Created Role, Director of Network Sales & Support

New role oversees sales and support services Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (January 23, 2020) – Dream Vacations has 20/20 vision going into the New Year with a laser focus on increasing agent profitability through enhanced support of its home-based travel agents. The leading travel agency businesses announce that travel industry veteran Dawn Gillis has been announced as Director of Network Sales & Support. Gillis will oversee business development, group sales and support services. Aligning these teams under one leader will allow for increased collaboration and create an even

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Dine with Captain Lee Rosbach and Kate Chastain During #GetOnDeck Cruise Aboard Celebrity Equinox

Five #GetOnDeck cruisers and their guests will win dinner with the Captain and Chief Stew in a specialty restaurant, courtesy of Dream Vacations Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (January 21, 2020) –  Reality TV fans will get unparalleled access to Captain Lee Rosbach and Kate Chastain during the #GetOnDeck Cruise to the Western Caribbean aboard Celebrity Equinox the week of June 14, 2020, and they now have the opportunity for an intimate dining experience with the reality TV stars. Dream Vacations announced today that five cruisers on the #GetOnDeck

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Three Tips from a Seasoned Travel Agent

Veronica Persaud has been a travel agency franchise owner since 2017 and has never looked back, growing her business every year due to referrals from past clients. She shares her top three tips for new franchise owners. What team at HQ has contributed most to your growth and why? I love the Support Services team because it feels like they are always there when I need them! Imagine speaking with a client and having access to the chat line at the same time to ask questions –

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Couplepreneur Alexander and Annabelle Valdes Find Perfect Balance in Love and Work

Husband and wife duo Alexander and Annabelle Valdes took their relationship to the next level when they decided to open a travel agency franchise, combining the skills from their previous careers to manage their business. While both share the load when interacting with clients, Alex usually focuses on the marketing and operations side while Annabelle focuses on the vacation planning side. A Navy Veteran who was stationed on the USS New Orleans and made two overseas deployments, Alex worked as a Senior Director of Sales Operations for

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Former Police Officer’s New Beat is Selling Dream Vacations

 After 30 years on the Police Force and always coordinating group cruises for friends and family, Bryan Villella decided he could plan vacations himself for profit. He started his travel agency business part-time while still employed at the Sheriff’s Office. He eventually was able to retire at 49 with a pension and higher income as a travel agent than in his previously dangerous career. From wearing a badge and carrying a gun as a police officer, to wearing a backpack and carrying a passport, Bryan saw the

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Former Real Estate Agent Follows Passion for Travel and Joins Dream Vacations

Traveling is Jason Katsoulis’ passion and it is in his blood. Makes sense since his father owned a travel agency for more than 40 years. A natural salesman, Jason previously was a real estate agent so he finds that his people, research and selling skills contribute to his business accomplishments. Learn more about Jason and his advice for those interested in learning how to become a travel agent. Jason has found success by focusing on two or three cruise lines. He says it is much easier for

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Double-Digit Growth in 2019 Punctuates Year of Evolution and Lays Foundation for Continued Success in 2020

Home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations experiences significant advances in technology, marketing and training Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (January 14, 2020) – In addition to receiving top accolades confirming its powerhouse status in the travel franchise space, Dream Vacations also experienced another year of double-digit growth because their work-from-home travel agents maximize state-of-the-art tools and resources that are continuously launched by the company, enabling increased efficiencies and value to their clients resulting in increased sales. “From technology that drove results and boots-on-the-ground marketing to interactive training and more,

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How A Former Office Manager Became a Travel Agent

Brittney Ferguson previously worked as an office manager for a corporate medical company. She decided she wanted to enjoy what she did for a living rather than being caught up in the rat race of corporate America. So, she spent several years researching how to become a travel agent before joining Dream Vacations. Brittney finds that her office-related skills from her previous job has helped in working through the learning process and keeping organized. This has been crucial during the early stages of owning a business as

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High School Senior Superlative Comes True More Than 35 Years Later for Dream Vacations Travel Agent

Carmen O’Reilly was destined to one day become a travel agent and her career path has finally come full circle. Her family owned a travel agency on her native St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, she went to travel school and worked for Delta, and now she is living her high school dream of being a travel agent. Carmen shares her story and advice for others who are interested in joining Dream Vacations. What did you do before opening your franchise? I currently work full-time as

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Hospitality Veteran Living the Dream as Work-From-Home Travel Agent

Maggie Billy-Fisher worked in hotel sales for 20 years before taking the plunge into business ownership. Her love of traveling and creating travel packages for her hotel guests sparked her decision to start a home travel business and become a franchise owner with Dream Vacations. Learn more about Maggie and her journey into franchise ownership. How have your skills carried over from your previous career? My customer service skills and experience with individuals and group travel have provided me with a strong foundation to work as a

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