With our travel agency franchise, the advantages are all yours.
Concerned that you don’t have experience as a travel agent? Don’t be. We put our 25+ years of industry experience to work for you the minute you join our family. And not just experience in the travel industry; experience running a successful travel agency franchise and teaching others to do the same.
Franchise Support Overview
AN AUTHORIZED AMERICAN EXPRESS® PAY WITH POINTS AGENCY
Apex is an exciting new program in collaboration with American Express. Through Apex, you can inspire customer loyalty, attract new clients, generate new revenue streams and offer exciting travel deals to close the sale. Earning more is as easy as 1-2-3.
*Training and minimum requirements must be met to participate in this program.
WORLD TRAVEL HOLDINGS BUYING POWER
As part of the world’s largest cruise agency, we can offer a 100% best price and satisfaction guarantee and our buying power gives you an advantage in the marketplace with preferred pricing exclusive for our travel franchise owners.
FULL TRAINING PROVIDED
Complete initial training, no experience required.
90% of our marketing and lead generation programs are FREE.
Web-based business tools for a completely virtual business.
BEST SUPPORT IN THE INDUSTRY
We are truly invested in your success. With a 1:10 ratio of support for you from a dedicated HQ team, we provide the most complete, on-going support in the travel industry. Period. At Dream Vacations, you are supported by humans, not robots.
Award-Winning Training & Ongoing Support
- 6-day initial training: Held at our world headquarters in the cruise capital of the world.
- 500+ online training modules: Includes product courses covering itineraries, cruise lines and land vendors; technology tips; sales soft skills training; and introductory-level refresher classes.
- Regional Training & Immersive Summits: Held multiple times throughout the year around the U.S. with an average 35% sales increase to travel franchise owners who participate.
- Franchisee Business Center: Intranet that connects you to our community to share best practices with other travel franchise owners.
- Committees & Advisory Council: Every decision we make at the corporate level is done with you and your travel agency business in mind.
- Business Development: Your dedicated Business Development Manager will be there from the first day you start your initial training and will continue to support your business growth when you need it.
Award-Winning Marketing & Technology Programs
- Lead Generation: We spend more than $2,000,000 annually to increase brand awareness, generate leads and ensure the growth of our client base and website visitors.
- Exclusive Promotions: We spend $2,000,000 annually to create exclusive promotions that can be combined with supplier offers. You can pass these directly onto your clients with offers that can’t be found anywhere else.
- Social Media: We support your social media efforts by providing you FREE resources, curated content, and imagery for your postings.
- Video Program: We offer you an industry-first, revolutionary 60+ video library of professional travel videos for you to use with your travel agency business – FREE to you!
- Unlimited Mobile-Friendly Websites: You receive multiple booking websites that are included in your initial fee and do not have any ongoing maintenance fees. These include:
- Referral Program: We reward those who refer clients to you with cash. It’s funded on your behalf, so tell your friends, family and existing clients to keep those referrals coming your way!
- Loyalty Program: We reward your repeat clients for their loyalty to you – best of all, we pay for their perks so you don’t have to!
- Email Marketing: We design, build and send 5.8 million emails a month on behalf of our travel agency franchise owners.
- National Partnerships: We’ve partnered with national companies to elevate our brand such as American Express®. Eligible AmEx cardholders receive an exclusive offer for any 3-night or more cruise booked through Dream Vacations. Other companies include Tumi™, Swarovski, Wine.com, Beyond Proper and more.
- List Purchasing Program: We offer a list of 250 verified names and addresses for free. These leads can be selected by age, income and location. This will make it easier than ever for customers in your area to receive your direct mail pieces.
- Direct Mail Program: Our automated Direct Mail Program is completely turnkey and is FULLY FUNDED on your behalf. Our franchise owners highly participate rate in this program, confirming the importance of direct mail in your marketing mix.
- Public Relations: We work closely with the marketing and business development teams to ensure you get maximum exposure for promotions and local events.
- My Cruise Control: Comprehensive 3-in-1 tool that includes a customer relationship manager (CRM) with a complete reservation/booking system and a built-in financial reporting tool.
- Cruise Fare Watch: Automated monitoring and price change alerts for your client’s bookings. If the price is lowered, you can save them money or upgrade them.