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Dream Vacations Named to Franchise Business Review’s Culture100 List

Independent Research Identifies the Top 100 Franchise Brands with the Best Culture Based on Surveys of Over 27,000 Franchise Owners  Dream Vacations was recently named to Franchise Business Review’s first annual “Culture100” list. The list recognizes the top 100 franchise brands in a 2020 report on the Best Franchise Cultures. Dream Vacations was among more than 300 franchise brands, representing over 27,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research on the best franchise cultures. Dream Vacations’ franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their

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Franchisee Finds Success During COVID-19 Webinar Inspiring Consumers to Dream About Bucket List Vacations

Hi, my name is Christy Mahon. I have owned a Dream Vacations travel agency franchise in New Jersey since 2014. You can learn more about me at www.EscapeArtistHolidays.com. I’m happy to share my story of marketing vacations during the COVID summer (and beyond). My instinct regarding marketing was not to promote sales and offers, but rather to inspire people to dream big for when they’re ready to travel again. Now is an excellent time to leverage online presentations because they have become so mainstream, that everyone is

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Dream Vacations Named a “Top Growth Franchise” By Entrepreneur Magazine

Dream Vacations was recently ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s first Top Growth Franchises list. This list recognizes the 150 companies with the greatest positive franchise unit growth in North America over a three-year period, based on data submitted for Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® ranking. Thanks to its exceptional growth, Dream Vacations was ranked #18. “By maintaining steady, sustained growth over several years, these franchises have demonstrated that they have the systems in place to support their franchisees and help them become successful,” says Jason Feifer, Entrepreneur’s editor-in-chief. “Now as

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Bermari Rodrigues enjoying relaxing in a pool lounge chair

A Travel Agency Franchise Owner [A Day in the Life]

It’s possible to become your own boss without having to invent a new product or service. One solution is starting a travel agency business by becoming a Dream Vacations franchise owner. This allows you to be your own boss while still being part of a larger organization. Discover more about how you can start your own travel agency business that will allow you to travel around the world as part of your job. What Does a Travel Agent Franchise Owner Do? Becoming a travel agent franchise owner

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Trapper Martin, Dream Vacations in Belle Isle, Fla.

How Travel Agents Are Weathering the Storm during Pandemic

Meet just some of our 1500+ work from home travel agency owners who have joined this industry for their love of travel and passion to help people create lifelong memories. With support from each other, we look forward to a bright future in travel continuing to inspire people to keep dreaming!   Dawn Warner, Dream Vacations in Stone Mountain, GA “The travel industry is more than a passion for me. It is just as essential to me as food! I see this time as an opportunity to restructure

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Travel Agents Hit the Books with Former Elementary Educator Leading Training Efforts

Director of Training Charity Santiago is a former elementary educator who has a Master of Science in Education – Instructional Design & Technology. Under her tutelage, a team of trainers creates and implements interactive travel agent training that covers everything needed to run a home-based travel agency franchise – from basic hard and soft business skills to guidance on industry updates and step-by-step instructions on how to make the most of the resources provided by headquarters. For Charity, most days are a blend of agent support and

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Military Spouse Laura Dvareckas Finds Success with Virtual Work-From-Home Franchise

While Air Force Veteran Laura Dvareckas may no longer be serving active duty, she has successfully transitioned to be a military spouse. Laura comes from a family of small business owners and for years she wanted a business of her own.  As a military spouse who moves every couple of years, she knew she needed something that would move with her and that she would not have to pause while relocating. Pairing this desire to own a business with her passion for travel and she knew that

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Inspiring Vacation Dreams Amid a Pandemic: How Marketing Shifted Its Creative Strategy

When it became apparent that Covid-19 was going to have a long-term impact on the travel industry, the Dream Vacations marketing team had to literally start from scratch and create an entirely new marketing plan with a different focus, messaging and support. Director of Marketing Alicia Linden recently sat down for a brief Q&A about this shift in creative strategy. What does a typical day look like in the marketing department? Our team supports agents by producing a wide variety of marketing assets that can be used

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Support Services Steps Up Its Game Under Leadership of Marc Kramer

Available six days a week, the Support Services team is a lifeline for work-from-home travel agents with Dream Vacations, assisting franchise owners via phone, live chat and email. Under the leadership of Support Services Manager Marc Kramer, this team of seven knows the ins and outs of running a travel agency business.  On a typical day, the Support Services Team handles 150-200 calls a day, and roughly the same number of emails from Dream Vacations travel agents. They help them with the nuts and bolts of making

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Tech is Always on Deck for Franchisees

Barbara Hollings is a Senior Product Manager in the Information Technology department. This team creates cutting-edge technology so home-based travel agents can work efficiently from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Barbara manages a team of business analysts and ensures that the technology systems franchise owners use are meeting their business needs, exceeding expectations and working effortlessly. This means she is in constant communication with our network – answering support questions, meeting with the IT Committee or sharing departmental news. Barbara often serves as the

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