In Celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, Villas of Distinction® Is Offering Travel Advisors Up to $1,500 In Bonus Commission

In Celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, Villas of Distinction® Is Offering Travel Advisors Up to $1,500 In Bonus Commission

National Travel & Tourism Week is May 2-8, 2021, and in appreciation of its Travel Advisor partners this special promotion will run for bookings through May 16

Wilmington, Mass. (May 3, 2021) – Villas of Distinction®, the world’s premier luxury villa rental company, is thanking its travel advisor partners with a robust bonus commission. Travel advisors who book their clients with Villas of Distinction from today until May 16, 2021, for travel between now and December 31, 2021, can earn a bonus commission of up to $1,500.

“More than ever, this past year we have enhanced our devotion to our travel advisor partners with the launch of our #WithYouToStay campaign in April 2020,” said Steve Lassman, vice president villa product & agency relations for Villas of Distinction. “We know the significant value travel advisors provide their clients and we want to reward that with added bonus commissions, rich promotions, heightened support, additional special events catered to them and more.”

As part of its #WithYouToStay campaign, Villas of Distinction launched “Wine Down Wednesdays” one year ago this month. In celebration of the one-year anniversary, there will be a special Cinco de Mayo “Wine Down Wednesday” on May 5 at 5 p.m. EST with Villas of Distinction live from a luxury villa in Los Cabos. Travel advisors should grab a glass of wine (or margarita) and join for this virtual FAM trip and the opportunity to chat with Vice President and General Manager Willie Fernandez and Lassman. Agents can register here.

Villas of Distinction’s Villa Specialists and Concierges are there for its travel advisor partners and their guests every step of the way in personalizing their dream villa vacation. Advisors can also trust that the villa property they reserve for their guests is top-notch as Villas of Distinction personally inspects and approves all villas in its portfolio.

For more information and terms and conditions about the travel advisor bonus, visit the Travel Advisor Marketing Resource Portal on VillasofDistinction.com or call 1-800-289-0900 to speak to a Villa Specialist.

About Villas of Distinction®
Villas of Distinction®, as part of World Travel Holdings, is an award-winning, full-service villa experience creator with an extensive portfolio of thousands of privately-owned villas in more than 52 destinations worldwide including the United States, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Central America, and beyond. Many villas feature excellent staff and top-of-the-line amenities – like private pools, home theaters, in-villa game rooms, and fitness centers. The luxury villa provider has gained its guests’ trust by ensuring every villa meets strict standards so that each home exceeds expectations. Since 1989, Villas of Distinction’s team of experts have made vacation planning effortless by helping travelers find their perfect vacation home, and creating one-of-a-kind getaways and lasting memories at the world’s top villas. www.VillasofDistinction.com.

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Vaccinations Inspire Marketing Campaign for Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.

Vaccinations Inspire Marketing Campaign for Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.

Advisors given marketing assets promoting the hashtags #HaveVaccineWillTravel and #HaveVaccineWillCruise 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (April 30, 2021) – With cruise lines announcing vaccination requirements and governments worldwide reducing travel restrictions on people who are vaccinated, the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) reports that 44 percent of Americans are getting vaccinated so that they can travel. To capitalize on this trend, the marketing team at Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. has created promotional items and graphics showcasing the hashtags #HaveVaccineWillTravel and #HaveVaccineWillCruise.

“We are seeing our cruise and land vacation bookings increasing every day, sometimes even surpassing 2019 numbers, as a result of a pent-up demand for travel coupled with increased confidence that vaccinated Americans are experiencing,” said Alicia Linden, director marketing for Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. “This marketing and social media campaign celebrates the significant opportunities that vaccines are creating to aid in the return of cruising and traveling.”

Travel advisors with the three brands have access to stickers, magnets, t-shirts, flyers, and social media posts. Those who choose to take advantage of these materials are encouraging their friends, family, and clients to post photos on social media promoting their post-vaccination vacation using the #HaveVaccineWillTravel or #HaveVaccineWillCruise hashtags. What makes this promotion different than others is that while the corporate headquarters team created the assets, the social media campaign is being entirely driven by agent engagement on a voluntary basis.

Linden adds, “Our marketing team has their fingers on the pulse of what is trending, and they are always at the forefront — creating inspiring and engaging marketing programs. Throughout the pandemic they have created innovative campaigns that promote vacation inspiration, and this is no different.”

Those passionate about travel with an entrepreneurial spirit who would like to be part of a travel agency network that cares more about its agents and travelers should visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com to learn about franchising with Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, and www.SellCruises.com to learn about becoming an independent vacation specialist with business opportunity Cruises Inc. 

About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®
Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® are part of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise give entrepreneurs the opportunity to become a small business owner, as well as a choice in how they brand their travel business. Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity providing individuals a fun way to earn extra money. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those passionate about selling travel, whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value. For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit www.dreamvacationsfranchise.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise or watch its videos at www.youtube.com/DreamVacationsBusiness. For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.sellcruises.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellCruises.

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Enhanced Automated Marketing Tools Give Travel Advisors with Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. New Ways to Increase Customer Engagement

Enhanced Automated Marketing Tools Give Travel Advisors with Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. New Ways to Increase Customer Engagement

Home-based travel agencies launch new social media and email marketing platforms 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (April 14, 2021) – The COVID-19 pandemic did not slow down Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.’s marketing investments for its network of franchisees and independent vacation specialists, with the company continuing to invest more than $4 million annually in marketing programs, exclusive promotions and national branding. The home-based travel agencies announce the enhancement of its automated marketing resources for social media, email and digital marketing.

“We are always seeking new ways to support our network of travel advisors as they acquire new customers and build loyalty with existing customers,” said Alicia Linden, director of marketing. “We recognize that we are in a relationship-based industry, so it was important for us to provide turnkey, innovative marketing solutions with personalized customer outreach solutions. Our new marketing tools provide a solution to connect with customers like never before. Plus, with easy-to-understand insights and the ability to make adjustments using a mobile app, our advisors can make data-driven decisions when adjusting their marketing strategy and messaging to increase their customer engagement from anywhere in the world with an internet connection and on any device.”

The social media and reviews management tool provides advisors with an automated social media program with pre-scheduled social media posts in three categories, contemporary, luxury and engagement. As an added bonus, the program also posts content and curates reviews on Google My Business. Posts are personalized with dynamic content, unique for each agency, such as the advisor’s email, phone number or individual website, and are tailored to suit each social media platform’s user experience for increased engagement. The email and digital marketing program is integrated with the three brand’s award-winning proprietary Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. This means advisors can seamlessly send extremely targeted on-demand emails to their database based on segmentation data such as location, past travel preferences, repeat customers, etc., as well as automated emails for drip campaigns or milestone events such as birthdays and anniversaries which helps develop customer loyalty. In addition to customizable ready-to-send branded email templates that complement the existing emails sent by headquarters on advisors’ behalf, the program gives them the freedom to create custom landing pages, sign-up forms, and build their database with list growth tools.

“As an independent travel agency franchise owner with Dream Vacations, I must wear many hats — I am the CFO, the CEO, the salesperson and trainer, office manager, social media manager and more,” said Carol Nunnery of Cape Girardeau, Mo. “These new programs work together in building brand awareness for my agency and have helped me create a marketing plan that is easy to implement. I love how for my social media I can not only ‘set it and forget it,’ but I can manage my reviews and respond quickly. The email marketing allows me to target a specific client base when I want that extra exposure. Implementing these two programs into daily operations is definitely a winning combination!”

Those passionate about travel with an entrepreneurial spirit who would like to be part of a travel agency network that cares more about its agents and travelers should visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com to learn about franchising with Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, and www.SellCruises.com to learn about becoming an independent vacation specialist with business opportunity Cruises Inc.

About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®
Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® are part of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise give entrepreneurs the opportunity to become a small business owner, as well as a choice in how they brand their travel business. Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity providing individuals a fun way to earn extra money. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those passionate about selling travel, whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value. For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise or watch its videos at www.youtube.com/DreamVacationsBusiness. For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.SellCruises.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellCruises.

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Dream Vacations Ranked Fastest-Growing Travel Agency Franchise by Entrepreneur magazine

Dream Vacations Ranked Fastest-Growing Travel Agency Franchise by Entrepreneur magazine

The home-based travel agency ranks in the top 20 worldwide, and top 15 in North America

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (April 8, 2021) – Leading home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations recently ranked 20th globally and 14th in North America in Entrepreneur’s list of the Fastest-Growing Franchises, published in the March issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

“Nothing can stop the smartest franchises from growing—not even a pandemic!” says Jason Feifer, Entrepreneur’s editor-in-chief. “We’ve been impressed with how innovative franchises have pivoted and adapted this past year and are happy to celebrate the ones who keep pushing forward and growing.”

Franchises on this list are ranked based on the net total of units (both franchised and company-owned) added globally from July 2019 to July 2020, with ties broken based on percentage growth. (In previous years, only US and Canadian unit growth was considered—2021 marks the first year that the ranking is based on systemwide growth, in recognition of the increasingly global nature of franchising.) Dream Vacations’ position in the Fastest-Growing Franchises ranking is evidence of the strength and appeal of its concept, even during challenging times.

When the COVID-19 pandemic started more than a year ago, Dream Vacations led the way in providing financial assistance and enhanced support for new and existing franchisees. From reducing the initial franchise investment and deferring up to six months of fees to offering up to $1 Million in commercial loans, Dream Vacations aided franchisees in sustaining their businesses during this difficult time. In addition, the Training & Events Team quickly pivoted to hosting a completely virtual travel agent training program for new franchises, and they launched a virtual engagement plan to ensure the network of travel agent franchisees always felt connected. In addition, to prepare for the travel industry rebound Dream Vacations doubled down on training opportunities and launched an acclaimed Travel Safety program covering everything from health and safety best practices while traveling and travel protection health policies to sales and marketing tips in this current environment.

“We always say that the success of our franchisees is our only business, and while we are thrilled about this ranking, our top priority is helping our network of travel agents grow their businesses,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of Dream Vacations. “In a year when travel came to a standstill, we invested in our franchisees’ growth by launching new and innovative marketing programs that engaged and inspired.”

The Marketing Team pivoted to meet the demands of its franchisees by providing inspirational messaging encouraging consumers to dream about their next vacation, promoting the value of a travel agent and building lead-generation opportunities, and eventually shifting focus to promoting land-based vacations that people can take immediately. Doing so resulted in record-breaking land vacation sales that rivaled pre-pandemic numbers.

Daly adds, “The pandemic has inspired people to pursue their passions and seek business opportunities that provide flexibility and remote work options. Owning a travel agency franchise such as Dream Vacations is the perfect fit because we are seeing not only an incredible pent-up demand for travel, but for people who want to own their own travel business.”

To view Dream Vacations in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchises/fastestgrowing. To learn more about joining the travel agency franchise that cares more about its franchise owners, 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.

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Dream Vacations Celebrates Five Years as an Experiential Travel Agency Franchise

Dream Vacations Celebrates Five Years as an Experiential Travel Agency Franchise

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (April 5, 2021) – April 2021 marks the fifth anniversary of leading travel agency franchise Dream Vacations, which launched as the sister brand to CruiseOne® in response to the need for an all-encompassing brand name that speaks to all types of vacation experiences.

“The equity of a powerful brand name such as Dream Vacations was never so apparent as it was this year when cruises stopped sailing as a result of COVID-19,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of Dream Vacations. “We were able to capitalize on the name this year as our travel advisors refocused their efforts on selling land vacations, since this was the first vacation-type to return, all while inspiring their customers to dream about their next cruise vacation. Plus, we were able to quickly and seamlessly pivot our initial training to be entirely virtual so we could continue onboarding new Dream Vacations franchisees. In fact, we are experiencing growth of new agencies because travel advisors see the value in having a brand name that speaks to more than cruise, but one that also inspires, especially in this current environment.”

Since launching Dream Vacations, land-based vacation sales have increased by double-digits each year as a result of the innovative marketing programs, training resources and technology tools created for its network of travel advisors. Engaging videos and virtual events such as the recently rebranded “Take Me Away” series; enticing consumer promotions; and social media and direct mail assets, have kept consumers connected with Dream Vacations travel advisors.  Consumer websites that have a strong land presence, including a partnership with Villas of Distinction to create a dedicated luxury villas landing page, also contributed to this growth. Other programs launched over the past five years that enhance the Dream Vacations agent experience include but are not limited to the creation of the Travel Planner app and the development of land booking technology, which consists of a collaboration with GOGO Vacations for reservation pull functionality, both of which simplify the process of booking resort vacations and sharing vacation itineraries.

“When I purchased my Dream Vacations franchise five years ago, I knew I had made the right decision. Not only was I attracted to the name Dream Vacations and what it represents, but I was looking for a good business investment with a company that would offer innovative strategies for marketing our travel products, and I wanted to build on my sales and marketing expertise with a solid brand,” said Julie Vowell, Dream Vacations franchise owner and vacation specialist in Missouri City, Texas. “Dream Vacations fit the bill, and continues to support my efforts, even through the most challenging year in the history of the travel industry. From weekly engagement calls offering support and motivation, to new and fun additions to our marketing strategy, I am confident that with the professional assistance Dream Vacations provides, my business will thrive and grow exponentially in 2022 and beyond.”

Today, more than 85 percent of its travel agent franchise owners operate under the Dream Vacations brand and nearly 100 percent join as Dream Vacations. To learn more about joining the travel agency franchise that cares more about its franchise owners, 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.

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This Is No April Fool’s Joke — Cheap Cruises is Giving Away a Trip to Mexico

This Is No April Fool’s Joke — Cheap Cruises is Giving Away a Trip to Mexico

A cruise company giving away a resort vacation … yes, and the site is selling resort vacations now too

Wilmington, Mass. (April 1, 2021) – The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped Cheap Cruises in its tracks. In addition to launching a redesigned website, Cheap Cruises’ customers can now book select resort vacations in Mexico and the Caribbean. To celebrate, it’s giving a Grand Prize winner a free vacation to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico and a Runner-Up will win a Carnival cruise.

“What’s cheaper than a cheap vacation – a free vacation! At this point, we’re seeing more people hopping on flights to some of our top destinations throughout the Caribbean and Mexico and we want to build on that excitement by giving away free vacations. And even if you’re not a winner, you still win because through our industry connections we’ve negotiated some amazing low rates at several all-inclusive resorts and bonus cruise perks just for our customers,” said Rosemarie Reed, senior vice president of Cheap Cruises. “Don’t let the name Cheap Cruises fool you. Our newly designed website includes both resort and cruise options and is a great resource to stay on top of the new travel safety guidelines, countries and cruise lines opening up.”

The new site speaks to the Cheap Cruises customer who is a younger, more budget-conscious traveler with less time to spend on vacations. They are mobile warriors, price sensitive, youthful, social media experts and are looking for cool, new experiences or adventures.

In addition to a new logo and tagline, Cheap Cruises’ redesigned website is clean, bright, fun, and has an edgy vibe. The new cheeky messaging plays into the brand’s personality. One of the most impactful features is the new and improved search functionality that is fully dynamic allowing customers to get quick results by typing in where they would like to go, departure city or port of call, including private islands. It also offers suggested search results so, for example, if someone starts typing the letter “M” it suggests Mexico, Miami, Monte Carlo and so on. This will be very familiar to customers because it works very similar to major search engines. Other features include offering the ability to specify a date range of when they want to vacation, quickly filtering results by destination, cruise lines, and ships.

The sweepstakes runs from now to May 21, 2021. To enter, customers can enter basic contact information on the Cheap Cruises Vacay Giveaway sweepstakes page.

To book your next cruise, or resort vacation in Mexico or the Caribbean, visit CheapCruises.com or call 1-800-972-7447.

About Cheap Cruises
Cheap Cruises is always on deck to help cruisers get away for way less, offering exclusive deals only found here. With its laidback, super-fun vibe, customers can easily find the vacation of their dreams that’s also easy on their wallets. www.CheapCruises.com

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Forbes Names World Travel Holdings a 2021 Best Midsize Employer

Forbes Names World Travel Holdings a 2021 Best Midsize Employer

The only travel agency on the list, World Travel Holdings ranked 452 out of 500

Wilmington, Mass. (March 30, 2021) – World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency, was recently named to Forbes America’s Best Midsize Employers 2021 list.

“It has been a challenging past year for the travel industry, our employees and our network of franchisees and independent travel agents, so to get the news that our company was ranked on Forbes list of Best Midsize employers was so exhilarating,” said Loren Kennedy, senior vice president of Human Resources and Customer Care for World Travel Holdings. “What makes this recognition even more impactful is that while we are the only travel agency on the midsize list, many of our travel partners from the cruise and resort industry are included on the large employers list and we are honored to be recognized beside them.”

According to Forbes, “In the wake of the global pandemic, midsize businesses have had to navigate countless challenges, from applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans to securing protective equipment, whether or not they employ healthcare workers. The companies on our list of America’s Best Midsize Employers have risen to the occasion, adapting in ways that benefit both their customers and employees.”

World Travel Holdings’ mission is to “Deliver a Remarkable Experience” and has kept that promise to its employees and customers during the pandemic. The company has always prided itself on transparency and started hosting virtual Town Halls with its Executive Team to share updates on the state of the industry and the health of the company. Its corporate Virtual Fun Committee hosted new, fun, and engaging activities to stay connected with employees. When cruising came to a halt, the company quickly adapted to meet the needs of its customers by changing its marketing messages, creating new technologies, expanding its land vacation offerings, training its agents on the new travel health & safety protocols and more.

Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to compile the list by surveying 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. Participants were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family, and to nominate organizations other than their own. The final list ranks the 500 large and 500 midsize employers that received the most recommendations.

About World Travel Holdings
World Travel Holdings is the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company with a portfolio of more than 40 diverse brands. In addition to owning some of the largest brands distributing cruises, villas, resort vacations, car rentals, resort day passes and luxury travel services, World Travel Holdings has a vast portfolio of private-label partnerships comprised of top leisure travel providers, including almost every U.S. airline, leading hotel brands and prominent corporations. The company also operates a top-rated travel agency franchise and the country’s original host agency, and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in work-at-home employment. Its global presence includes operating multiple cruise brands in the United Kingdom. World Travel Holdings has offices in Wilmington, Mass.; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and Chorley, England. For more information, visit WorldTravelHoldings.com.

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Debbie Fiorino Named an Honoree for South Florida Business & Wealth’s Prestigious Women Awards

Debbie Fiorino Named an Honoree for South Florida Business & Wealth’s Prestigious Women Awards

Fiorino, Chief Operating Officer for Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® recognized 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (March 17, 2021) – Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® Chief Operating Officer Debbie Fiorino has been honored by South Florida Business & Wealth (SFBW) as a recipient of the publication’s first annual Prestigious Women Awards.

“I am humbled to be recognized by South Florida Business & Wealth for the Prestigious Women Award alongside so many noteworthy leaders who are making a difference in our community,” said Fiorino. “I believe that transparency and empathy are key traits of every successful leader and this was never more evident than during the past year. So many of our corporate employees and network of travel agents across the country were facing unprecedented challenges, and it was inspiring seeing them come together and support each other. I’m confident that we will move into the future stronger than ever before.”

The Prestigious Women Awards recognizes leaders in the South Florida tri-county area who have had business success while providing leadership opportunities for women and the broader community. Fiorino is being recognized as a C-suite executive for her outstanding work in the travel and franchise industry.

Fiorino is well known as a transformative leader in the business, franchising, and travel communities. Her other accolades include being named an Influential Business Woman by South Florida Business Journal, a Power Woman by Moves magazine and a Woman of Wonder by Franchise Dictionary magazine. Later in 2021, AmaWaterways will recognize Fiorino as Godmother of its newest ship, AmaSiena.

To learn more about the CruiseOne / Dream Vacations travel agency franchise opportunity, please visit www.dreamvacationsfranchise.com, and visit www.sellcruises.com to learn more about the Cruises Inc. business opportunity. 

About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®
Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® are part of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise give entrepreneurs the opportunity to become a small business owner, as well as a choice in how they brand their travel business. Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity providing individuals a fun way to earn extra money. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those passionate about selling travel, whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value. For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise or watch its videos at www.youtube.com/DreamVacationsBusiness. For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.SellCruises.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellCruises.

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World Travel Holdings Launches Travel Safety Program for its Travel Advisors

World Travel Holdings Launches Travel Safety Program for its Travel Advisors

Robust multi-part training educates advisors about traveling safely in a COVID-19 world  

Wilmington, Mass. (March 11, 2021) – With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company is committed to training its travel agents to be the most knowledgeable in the industry when it comes to traveling safely in a COVID-19 world. World Travel Holdings recently launched its Travel Safety Program, which is a robust training program exclusively available to its travel advisors who service customers across all 40 diverse brands, including CruisesOnly, Cruises.com and CheapCruises.com, among others, as well as its franchise brands CruiseOne® and Dream Vacations, and business opportunity Cruises Inc.® More than 1,000 travel advisors are in the process of completing the training and earning the status of Travel Safety Verified.

“The Travel Safety Training Program embodies what we stand for as a travel agency,” said Loren Kennedy, senior vice president of Customer Care and Human Resources at World Travel Holdings. “Arming our agents with the knowledge and tools they need to provide the best service possible to our customers is just another example of how we deliver on our mission to deliver remarkable experiences. There is so much more customers need to know when traveling now, using an experienced agent is crucial. This program instills confidence in both our agents and our customers.”

In order to become Travel Safety Verified, travel advisors must have completed the first two phases of the training, which covered health and safety best practices while traveling; travel protection health policies; safety protocols in place at resorts, airlines and cruises; and how to address customer concerns for various scenarios. Additional phases will be added to address how to sell in the current environment, marketing with empathy, and updated policies and guidelines for when cruising does return. Other aspects of the Travel Safety Program include special Travel Safety landing pages on consumer websites and additional marketing and sales tools that assists advisors in planning safe vacations for their customers.

“During this pandemic, it has become clear that travelers value the personalized attention and relationships that working with a trusted travel advisor provides,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. “By choosing to become Travel Safety Verified, our advisors have demonstrated their commitment to continuing their education and providing a higher level of customer service.”

“The role of the travel advisor has drastically changed, and the pandemic has demonstrated the importance of using an advisor,” said Ellen Overcast, Dream Vacations franchise owner and vacation specialist in Kutztown, Pa. “Now that I am Travel Safety Verified, I have confidence when speaking with clients who have questions about traveling and all the protocols and restrictions. In fact, several clients mentioned that when they are ready to book their next vacation they will call me because they know I’ll be able to help them navigate through it.”

For more information about World Travel Holdings and its brands, visit WorldTravelHoldings.com.

About World Travel Holdings
World Travel Holdings is the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company with a portfolio of more than 40 diverse brands. In addition to owning some of the largest brands distributing cruises, villas, resort vacations, car rentals, resort day passes and luxury travel services, World Travel Holdings has a vast portfolio of private-label partnerships comprised of top leisure travel providers, including almost every U.S. airline, leading hotel brands and prominent corporations. The company also operates a top-rated travel agency franchise and the country’s original host agency, and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in work-at-home employment. Its global presence includes operating multiple cruise brands in the United Kingdom. World Travel Holdings has offices in Wilmington, Mass.; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and Chorley, England. For more information, visit WorldTravelHoldings.com.

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“Take Me Away – A Virtual Vacation Experience” Inspires Consumers to Get in Vacation State-of-Mind

“Take Me Away – A Virtual Vacation Experience” Inspires Consumers to Get in Vacation State-of-Mind

Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. Rebrands Popular Virtual Cruise Events

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (March 9, 2021) – Leading home-based travel agencies Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. led the way in implementing innovative ways to connect with customers virtually long before the COVID-19 pandemic. Its long-standing signature Virtual Cruise Events will now be rebranded as “Take Me Away – A Virtual Vacation Experience.” The program relaunch kicks off on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 1 p.m. EST and features representatives from GOGO Vacations and Globus discussing domestic and international tours, as well as all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. Attendees will have access to exclusive offers, as well as the opportunity to win TUMI™ luggage and accessories.

“Our Virtual Events have always been a hit with consumers; however, we felt we needed to revamp the program to not only offer vacation inspiration but also to ensure the events were all-encompassing so we can feature land vacations such as tours and resorts, in addition to cruises,” said Alicia Linden, director of marketing for Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. “We are excited to relaunch this enhanced program as it will not only attract increased participation but provide even more insights that will benefit our network of travel advisors.”  

As part of the relaunch and rebranding, travel advisors with Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. will have a landing page on their websites dedicated to the “Take Me Away” events with unique registration links. As a result, these travel advisors will have real-time insight into who registered and who attended the virtual event. Leveraging this information, advisors will be able to follow up with their customers and have even more meaningful conversations about their vacation plans. “Take Me Away” events will be reoccurring and feature a variety of vacations and destinations.

Those passionate about travel with an entrepreneurial spirit who would like to be part of a travel agency network that cares more about its agents and travelers should visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com to learn about franchising with Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, and www.SellCruises.com to learn about becoming an independent vacation specialist with business opportunity Cruises Inc.

About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®
Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® are part of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise give entrepreneurs the opportunity to become a small business owner, as well as a choice in how they brand their travel business. Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity providing individuals a fun way to earn extra money. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those passionate about selling travel, whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value. For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise or watch its videos at www.youtube.com/DreamVacationsBusiness. For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.SellCruises.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellCruises.

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