WHY IT RATES: Over 35 percent of Dream Vacations franchise owners are military veterans. –Janeen Christoff, Senior Editor, TravelPulse
The number one travel agency franchise for veterans, Dream Vacations, recently awarded five military veterans free travel franchises as part of its 10th annual award-winning “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become a Business Plan” competition. your own general â. To celebrate this milestone, a military veteran also won a seat at the Dream Vacations 2022 River Cruise Summit aboard the AmaMagna.
Currently, over 35% of franchise owners within Dream Vacations are military veterans and over the past decade, the travel agency franchise has awarded 56 free franchises worth nearly $ 700,000 to deserving military veterans.
âArmy veterans and their families have sacrificed so much so that we could live the American Dream, and we are privileged to be able to support them in their dreams of being a business owner,â said Drew Daly, senior vice president and Managing Director of Dream Vacations. âEach year I am impressed with the caliber of the nominees and this year was no exception. I’m excited to see what this year’s rookies will accomplish with the resurgence of the travel industry.
The Dream Vacations franchise competition was open to former members of any of the five branches of the United States military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) who are retired, off-duty and / or demobilized honorably before the competition. start date last May and are residents of the United States. Candidates went through a rigorous three-part application process that included creating a business plan, video essay, and phone interviews. Almost 3,200 people have applied for a franchise through Operation Vetrepreneur since 2012.
To celebrate this milestone, a military veteran also won the grand prize for a seat at the Dream Vacations 2022 River Cruise Summit aboard the AmaMagna. This year’s winners are Army and Air Force veteran Anthony Cinquini of Glendale, Arizona; Army veteran Renault Ellis, who also won the spot on river cruising; Air Force veteran Derek Sampson of Madison, Alabama; James Steele, Air Force veteran from Mandeville, Louisiana; and Army and Marine Corps veteran Jeff Williams of Troy Ill.
âMy military service instilled in me qualities that shaped my mindset and my business goals today,â said Sampson, Vetrepreneur recipient. âThese qualities, along with my core values ââand determination, are critical to my success as a franchise owner. The travel industry fascinates me. I had a strong desire to see the world when I joined the Air Force. Although I have never visited the best places on my list, I have experienced cultures that I never imagined seeing. These experiences only intensified my passion for travel. I want to help others experience the joy and excitement of traveling.
All Army Veterans who purchase a Dream Vacations travel agency business are entitled to a 30% discount on the franchisee’s upfront fee. Veterans also receive an enrollment package valued at over $ 5,000, which includes an exempt administrative fee valued at $ 1,350. In addition to having access to the Command Center, an internal portal with Veteran-specific training and Veteran-themed marketing resources, all Veterans and Gold Star families receive a waiver of the training fee for a Business Partner and the possibility of hiring spouses of active-duty military personnel. and veterans as associates at a reduced price. Additional incentives for veterans include the ability to relocate and stay in business, travel discounts for military clients, and access to veteran networking groups.
As the only travel franchise to receive a 5 STAR rating from VetFran, Dream Vacations proudly supports Military Veterans and continues to be recognized by major industry publications as a Veteran Friendly Franchise. It was ranked # 1 franchise for veterans by Entrepreneur magazine in 2021, and other recent rankings include Military Times and Forbes. Other awards include inclusion in GI Jobs’ Hot Franchises for Veterans, US Veterans Magazine’s “Best Friends of Veterans Businesses,” USA Today’s “50 Best Military Veterans Franchises,” and recognition by MSC Cruises in its Seaside Salute Award. The Operation Vetrepreneur program won gold at the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards and the IFA Franchising Gives Back Awards.
Dream Vacations is committed to being “rich in diversity” and enables all owners, franchisees and employees to reach their full potential by leveraging their wide range of talents, backgrounds, personalities, perspectives and ideas to generate business growth.
Military veterans and community heroes who are passionate about travel with an entrepreneurial spirit who would like to be part of a travel agency network that cares more about its agents, travelers and military veterans, should visit www .DreamVacationsFranchise.com or call 888-249- 8235 to learn more about franchising with Dream Vacations.
THE SOURCE: Dream Vacations press release.