Written by Mary Antoine, Franchise Development Specialist
Having a franchise travel agency allows you to combine your passion for travel with your own business. It is a better choice than building a travel agency from the ground up. The benefits of having a franchise travel agency outweigh starting your own business providing you chose the right franchise company.
With an established company like CruiseOne, which is 23 years old, you will get their proven systems. Plus, you will save money since you will know exactly how much you will need for your start-up. (Most new businesses end up having many unforeseen expenses.)
With a franchise travel agency, such as CruiseOne, you can be open within weeks or months rather than months to years that many new travel agencies take to start-up. You can decide if you would like to run your business from home or from an office or as a storefront. Whichever model you decide on, CruiseOne can support your business.
A good franchise will do everything to facilitate getting you up and running quickly. Statics show 80% of franchises owners succeed in their business. Any good franchisor will do everything they can to help nurture your success.
Having a franchise travel agency is like getting “a business in a box” – it allows you to go into business for yourself, but you are not by yourself. And, you do not have to have travel industry experience.
With a CruiseOne franchise travel agency, you will have the advantages of their preferred relationships with the cruise lines and the tour operators plus their major purchasing power with these suppliers. These relationships could take you years to develop on your own.
If you start in business on your own you will not receive the training, marketing and technology support that you need. This will leave you vulnerable to mistakes and possibly higher expenses. A good comprehensive training program like the one provided by CruiseOne, can help you not make mistakes and save you money.
As part of an existing franchise travel agency you will not have to establish the brand name for your business. The franchise provides you with brand recognition and built-in customer awareness. This gives you an established market presence, bringing your business up more quickly.
Last, consider what the demand is for cruising, which has a 98% customer satisfaction rating. Only 24% of the U.S. population has cruised. Based on the across-the-board demographics that cruising caters to, the market for new and repeat customers is almost limitless!