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Top Reasons to Join the Most Awarded Home Based Travel Agency


Cruise Planners is constantly innovating—in the past few years, Cruise Planners continues to be the most award-winning travel company and has placed as a leader in technology, marketing, and travel franchise ownership. Below are the top reasons to join the Cruise Planners family.


Join the most awarded company in the home-based travel industry. Cruise Planners is the only travel company to take home three top awards from Entrepreneur magazine. Here are 3 reasons to invest in a Cruise Planners franchise.


#1 on Entrepreneur’s 500 travel franchise rankings

#3 Home-Based franchise to own per Entrepreneur magazine

#6 Fastest-Growing franchise per Entrepreneur magazine


Additionally, Franchise Business Review, an independent survey of over 1,000 franchisees, named Cruise Planners #1 in category for 5 consecutive years. The survey is based on training and business support, marketing, core values, leadership, management style, and financial strength. Within the travel industry, Cruise Planners is continuously recognized with top honors among industry-leading suppliers.


Earn more. Cruise Planners pays the highest commissions offered in the travel industry – PERIOD. Because of Cruise Planners’ large footprint and industry prowess, Cruise Planners Travel Agents have access to the highest available commissions and bonus commissions. Plus, through volume-driven incentives from Cruise Planners, you can earn advertising grants, additional overrides, and more.


Gain instant credibility, respect, and buying power from the Home Office affiliation with American Express Travel. As an American Express Travel Representative, the benefits are endless and travel agents can start selling right away with exclusive American Express Travel programs such as Fine Hotels & Resorts, Destination Family, Cruise Privileges, Pay with Points, and more.


Receive individual cruise line and land tour company recognition with your own Business Development Managers, District Sales Managers, and Inside Sales Representatives. Since being a travel advisor is all about relationships we want to make sure that you have direct access to our travel partners.


Be heard, as Cruise Planners is YOUR VOICE in the industry. We sit on the advisory board of American Express Travel, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises USA, Travel Impressions, Globus, Travel Corporation, and many more industry-leading companies. This allows you to have a place at the table and positively influence change.


Cash in on co-op marketing dollars from travel suppliers to help you build your business. Suppliers have funds to help you market and sell their product, so go ahead and be strategic about leveraging their marketing budget to help you in a mutually beneficial way. Because you are a Cruise Planners Travel Advisor, you benefit from additional consideration when working with vendors.


Travel! Traveling is a perk of being in the travel industry. As a Cruise Planner, you’ll have access to inaugural cruises, seminars at sea and familiarization trips (FAMs). Last year, Cruise Planners hosted more than 20 FAM trips throughout Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean on land and at sea.


Book into more than 50,000 group cruise cabins—more than any other travel host or franchise company. Cruise Planners Home Office arranges for group space combined with American Express Travel group space to double the inventory you can book. Group business is a great way to make money when you want to jumpstart your home-based travel business.


Become a travel expert with Cruise Planners’ awardwinning training program. Start off with a 6-day training event and learn from industry experts as well as the Home Office Team. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional, stay up to date on industry trends and Cruise Planners proprietary tools through the continuous education program, which includes more than 600 virtual/online training modules and videos, trade shows, webinars, conventions, boot camps, and more that also provide access and face time to all of our preferred travel partners.


Get techy with Cruise Planners’ cutting-edge Technology. Cruise Planners offers two mobile apps—one for consumers and one for travel advisors, who can seamlessly run their business from the palm of their hand. With a few clicks on a smart device, Cruise Planners Advisors can book a trip, send an invoice, and pull up client information, even without an Internet connection. And clients can access personalized travel information, book shore excursions, purchase insurance, and more all from their secure mobile app.


Our franchise owners beat out the competition with Cruise Planners state-of-the-art customer relationship management tool, complete reservation booking and management tool, and price monitoring system, just to name a few. Plus, agents have their own personal websites with online chat feature, live pricing, video library, and e-brochure rack.


Grow your business with the support of Cruise Planners in-house Business Development Team with regional coaches dedicated to helping you through every stage of your business. From setting up your first cruise night to arranging your first group to selling a world cruise and everything in between, your Business Development Coach will mentor you from day one. Proactive coaching calls are jam-packed with tips and tools from the experts to help you build your business, stay on top of the latest travel trends, and help you be in the know about exclusive Cruise Planners offers.


Stay top of mind through exclusive award-winning marketing programs and free direct mail pieces customized with your information and mailed to your clients on your behalf.  Mailings, including a bi-annual magazine, are targeted using Cruise Planners’ proprietary software to ensure your message reaches the right clients at the right time. Cruise Planners is the go-to travel marketing partner for many top travel suppliers, garnering some of the hottest offers and sales, which are designed in-house and offered to you in a variety of marketing vehicles. 360-degree marketing campaigns stretch across print,  social media, email, and the internet to create a multi-media approach that increases reach and recognition of the campaign making your home-based business look like you have a fully-functional marketing department in your backyard.


Join a company with more than 20 years of proven success and become a part of the most awarded travel host or franchise in the nation. Cruise Planners is locally owned and operated with an executive leadership team that are hands-on and approachable, even teaching many of the classes during training, boot camps, and convention. Nearly 100 Home Office team members share the passion for helping franchisees take their business to the next level. Cruise Planners puts a priority on the success of their franchisees. They don’t succeed unless you succeed, and it’s the Cruise Planners mission to help you get there.


Feel the Cruisitude®. Are you ready to move the needle, become more profitable, and join a company that revolutionized the travel industry? You have a passion for travel, now turn that into a passion for entrepreneurship. The Cruise Planners family is beaming with Cruisitude…are you?


All of Cruise Planners’ tried-and-true approaches to marketing, sales, technology, and business support are at your fingertips. Add in the credibility and exclusive programs that come with the American Express Travel affiliation and you have winning combination that keeps you ahead of the rest.


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