Travel agency franchise tops list for sixth year in a row
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (October 6, 2022) – Dream Vacations recently ranked #2 in Entrepreneur’s Top Franchises for Veterans list, published in the magazine’s October/November issue. Since 2017, Dream Vacations has been ranked the top travel agency franchise for veterans by Entrepreneur magazine, always ranking either first or second out of 150 franchises nationwide.
“This is one of the lists of the year that I am most excited to share with our franchisor partners and our audience,” said Entrepreneur Senior Vice President of Franchising Liane Caruso. “The 150 companies featured here represent not just wonderful opportunities for anyone to start their entrepreneurial journey but go the extra step to provide even more support and appreciation for our veterans who have proven their ability to work hard, navigate challenges, and understand the importance of teamwork in achieving success.”
To determine the annual ranking of the Top Franchises for Veterans, Entrepreneur invited companies who offer incentives for veterans to participate in a survey about their veteran programs. From there, Entrepreneur determined their ranking of the top 150 franchises for veterans, taking into account each company’s Veteran incentive, how Veteran franchisees are attracted to and supported by the company, and how each company scored in the 2022 Franchise 500 ranking.
“Over the years, we have developed new benefits and programs to guide them and their families on a journey to become successful entrepreneurs,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager for Dream Vacations. “Our support of the military community is an honor, and we are excited to receive this recognition each year.”
Military veterans interested in starting a work-from-home business can purchase a Dream Vacations travel agency business at a 30 percent discount and receive an enlistment package valued at more than $5,000, which includes waived administrative fees valued at $1,350. In addition to having access to the Command Center, an internal portal with veteran-specific training and veteran-themed marketing assets, all veterans receive a waived training fee for a business partner and the ability to hire active-duty military spouses and veterans as associates at a discount. Additional veteran incentives include the ability to move residences and stay in business, travel discounts for military customers and access to veteran networking groups.
“Strong leadership includes a clear vision of the mission, a plan for flawless execution, and a dedication to training and equipping those who will ultimately carry out the mission to completion,” said Mark Furlan, ambassador of veteran affairs and Dream Vacations franchise owner. “That is what drew my wife and me to Dream Vacations. The HQ leadership and support teams have committed to the vision and goal of the ultimate success of Dream Vacations’ franchisees. They are dedicated to supporting, training, and equipping their network of Travel Advisors to be successful,” added Furlan, a Vietnam veteran.
The only travel franchise to receive a 5 STAR ranking from the International Franchise Association’s VetFran initiative, Dream Vacations proudly supports military veterans and is consistently recognized by leading industry publications as a veteran-friendly franchise. Accolades include number one rankings from Military Times and Forbes, as well as inclusion on G.I. Jobs annual “Hot Franchises for Veterans,” US Veterans magazine’s “Top Veteran-Friendly Companies”, USA Today’s “50 Top Franchises for Military Veterans” and recognition by MSC Cruises in its Seaside Salute Award. The “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” program won gold from the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards and the IFA Franchising Gives Back Awards.
To view Dream Vacations in the full ranking, visit https://www.entrepreneur.com/franchises/topfranchiseveterans. Results can also be seen in the October/November issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
Military veterans with a passion for travel and entrepreneurship who are interested in opening a Dream Vacations travel franchise, please visit www.dreamvacationsfranchise.com or call 888-249-8235.
About Dream Vacations
Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received franchise partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans. For more information about Dream Vacations, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com. Like Dream Vacations on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise and watch its videos at http://www.youtube.com/DreamVacationsBusiness.