Gold Star Families can honor loved one with Dream Vacations 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (April 4, 2018) – The number one franchise for veterans, Dream Vacations, announces it has expanded its award-winning Veteran Enlistment Package to include Gold Star families, the relatives of U.S. military members who lost their lives serving our country. Valued at no less than $5,000, the Veteran Enlistment Package provides incentives and ongoing resources to those who have served in the military or are currently in the armed forces.

“Gold Star families have made the ultimate sacrifice and many want to do something special to honor the memory of their loved one,” said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of Dream Vacations. “Military veterans are an important part of our family and we are humbled to honor the legacy of those who served by expanding our Veteran Enlistment Package to include Gold Star families.”

All military veterans and Gold Star families who purchase a Dream Vacations travel agency franchisereceive an enlistment package valued at no less than $5,000. They can select one of four perks currently being offered — receive up to $7,000 back based on initial fee through the Earn Back promotion; waived administrative fees valued at $1,350; free weeklong cruise valued at $1,280; or a surface pro tablet valued at $1,000. Gold Star families will also receive a 20 percent discount off the initial fee; waived training fee for a business partner; veteran-themed marketing assets; 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, LeisureCare Travel Insurance discounts for veterans, travel discounts for military customers and access to veteran networking groups. Since 2012, Dream Vacations has awarded 30 free franchises to military veterans through its award-winning Operation Vetrepreneur program.

“I feel honored that my husband and I were recognized as a Gold Star Family by Dream Vacations,” said Diana Ross, Dream Vacations Franchise Owner in N. Fort Myers, Fla. and Gold Star Mother of Sgt. Mark T. Smykowsi, who was killed in action on June 6, 2006, in Anbar Province, Iraq. “Thank you Dream Vacations for taking care of families like mine whom have lost a loved one. My goal is to hire veterans as a way of honoring them and my son.”

Additional accolades Dream Vacations has received as being the best travel agency franchise for veterans include number one rankings as a veteran-friendly franchise by Military Times four years in a row, as well as by Entrepreneur and Forbes. Other accolades include inclusion on G.I. Jobs annual “Hot Franchises for Veterans” list, Franchise Business Review’s “Top 100 Franchises for Veterans” and USA Today’s “50 Top Franchises for Military Veterans.” In 2017, the travel agency franchise won gold for “Operation Vetrepreneur” in the “Support our Veterans” category at the International Franchise Association’s Franchising Gives Back awards, and is recognized by VetFran as the only 5-star travel franchise for military veterans.

People with a passion for travel and entrepreneurism, and who are interested in opening a Dream Vacations travel franchise, please visit 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 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 Like Dream Vacations on Facebook at, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise and watch its videos at