From Retail To Vacation Franchise Owner: The Best Way to be in Business for Yourself

Karen Quinn Panzer

Karen Quinn-Panzer opened her Dream Vacations travel agency franchise in 2013 inside her upscale boutique consignment store. Many of Karen’s first vacation clients were actually boutique clientele. Karen and her husband Frank ran both businesses simultaneously for two years until they saw the growth potential if they operated their travel agency full-time.

Karen says, “Since I have owned two businesses, I can truly attest that the franchise model that Dream Vacations provides is THE BEST way to be in business for yourself.  You can have all the flexibility of a small business owner, and the benefit of substantial support from the company in terms of marketing and technical support.  The Savvy Sorter marketing program allows you to participate in direct marketing at less than half the cost of doing it yourself, plus Support Services is invaluable.  This saves us a lot of time and effort – and expense.”

There is incredible value in being part of Dream Vacations and its parent company World Travel Holdings. Karen credits the company’s prominence in the travel industry to giving franchisees preferred standing with travel vendors including exclusive promotions. Plus, she says that the education provided by regional conferences, land and luxury summits and national conference is top notch and truly adds to franchisees ability to offer cutting edge travel advice to clients. 

Before jumping into franchise ownership, it is important to do due diligence. Karen recommends calling a number of current franchisees to learn how the business works for them and what their former experience is so you can determine if this is the right fit for you.

A World Cruise is Karen’s Dream Vacation.