Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – June 5, 2010 – CruiseOne, the leading United States cruise travel retailer, today announced the latest news regarding its strategic global expansion plan. From a press conference in Vancouver during the 2010 CLIA cruise3sixty tradeshow, CruiseOne Senior Vice President and General Manager Dwain Wall revealed that Canada is the next international market on tap for the company.
“Last year, when we launched our first-ever international CruiseOne franchise in Norway, we promised that more news would come about emerging markets…and here we are today,” said Wall. “We are thrilled to announce that we have completed the necessary due diligence for the launch of CruiseOne Canada. I can’t imagine a more fitting time and place to share this news.”
During the press conference, Wall revealed preliminary details for CruiseOne Canada, which marks the first time Canadians can join the ever-expanding travel powerhouse. Beginning July 1st, travel agents and entrepreneurs from virtually every industry will be able to add their names to a pre-sale “waiting list” for a CruiseOne Canada franchise. To do so, they must submit an e-mail with their contact information to CruiseOneCanada@wth.com.
CruiseOne expects to begin signing its first Canadian franchise agreements by the end of 2010. According to that timeline, the first CruiseOne Canada franchises will be fully operational and selling travel to Canadian consumers by early 2011.
“The size of the Canadian market is unlimited and based on the interest we’ve already received from prospective franchisees, an incredible opportunity clearly exists for us here,” said Wall. “This is not only a chance for us to seize market share, but also to further educate Canadian consumers about the variety of travel products we offer.”Founded in 1992, CruiseOne has an 18-year tradition of excellence. With nearly 600 franchisees, the company has established itself as the leading cruise retailer in the United States and in 2009, announced its expansion into land travel. CruiseOne is part of the VetFran and MinorityFran initiatives in the Unites States and has received top honors from many major suppliers, business organizations and media outlets, including Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com Franchise Allstar (#1 Travel Agency Franchise two years running), Franchise Business Review’s Top 50 Franchise (for franchise satisfaction) and Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 (every year since 1998). The company offers unrivaled training, marketing and technology support to franchisees, with the goal of ensuring maximum profitability. As part of World Travel Holdings, CruiseOne offers the highest possible commissions to agents and the lowest possible prices to consumers.