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Largest Home-Based Travel Agency Ranked Among Top 5 Franchise Investments


Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, and the nation’s largest home-based travel agency, announced today that it has been ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top Franchises For Less Than $50,000” list. Notably, the brand was rated number four on the prestigious list of strategic franchise investments, the only travel brand in the top 10 and was one of the lowest costs for franchise owners.


Entrepreneur magazine’s franchise industry analysts compile the list based on scores received on the Franchise 500® evaluation, which analyzes more than 150 data points in the categories of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength and financial strength and stability. Cruise Planners rank on the list is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity and position as a leading investment in its low-cost price segment at less than $11,000.“For entrepreneurs starting a company from the ground up, they struggle climbing to the top without breaking the bank,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners. “Cruise Planners provides a low start-up option and comes complete with our partnership with American Express Travel, our hands-on travel advisor training and innovative technology making business ownership a reality for more than 2,500 travel enthusiasts.”


As independent travel advisors, Cruise Planners® franchisees earn money helping their clients plan amazing travel experiences from cruises and land tours to all-inclusive resorts and more. The home-based model provides franchise owners flexibility to run their own travel agency business from anywhere. Cruise Planners provides its travel advisors with access to award-winning, innovative marketing; cutting-edge mobile technology; dynamic, hands-on training; lead-generating tools, as well as professional coaching and development. The brand has been ranked the No. 1 travel franchise for 16 consecutive years by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking.


Entrepreneurially spirited individuals with a passion for travel, who are interested in owning a Cruise Planners® franchise, can invest in their own business for a low-cost franchise fee of only $10,995.


To view Cruise Planners in the full Entrepreneur ranking, visit