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CruiseOne’s Annual Contest for Veterans Returns

Host Agency & Consortia | CruiseOne | Robin Amster | June 06, 2016

CruiseOne’s Annual Contest for Veterans Returns

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CruiseOne / Dream Vacations is holding its fifth annual “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” contest which has given away $250,000 in franchise opportunities to 20 military veterans since its inception.

Military veterans interested in pursuing a new career selling all types travel experiences from their home can enter the contest now through Sept. 1, 2016.

CruiseOne / Dream Vacations noted that, according to the American Council on Education, approximately 1.5 million service members will be transitioning out of the military in the next three to five years and will be seeking employment opportunities.

Owning a home-based franchise provides veterans flexibility to maximize family time while earning a living, said CruiseOne / Dream Vacations. A home-based travel franchise, CruiseOne is ranked in the top three percent of all franchises worldwide and is a member of the International Franchise Association. Dream Vacations was launched in April 2016.

“Franchising is an appealing career move for military veterans who have been out of service for many years and for those who have recently transitioned because of their leadership skills, the system-based model, ongoing training opportunities and familial atmosphere,” said Tim Courtney, vice president of franchise development and ambassador of veteran affairs for CruiseOne / Dream Vacations.

Debbie Fiorino, CruiseOne / Dream Vacations senior vice president, said, “Military veterans are such an important member of society that we are honored to have the opportunity to ease their transition to civilian life and make their business dreams become a reality.

“Plus, they have the option to select and operate as a brand that reflects what they truly want to sell.” 

The CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchise contest is open to former members of any of the five branches of the U.S. military—Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard—who are retired, off active duty and/or honorably discharged prior to the contest start date.

To participate, candidates must complete an online entry form by Sept. 1. The form and all contest details are available at or the CruiseOne / Dream Vacations’ Facebook page,

Candidates will participate in three rounds of judging. The first is a phone interview with a CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchise development specialist. Semi-finalists are required to submit a franchise application, business plan, video, and resume, all of which will be scored by the CruiseOne / Dream Vacations executive team. Final candidates are invited to participate in follow-up phone interviews before the winners are selected. 

Five winners will be notified in September 2016. Each grand prize is valued at $12,700 and includes a complimentary CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchise with a waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees.

The winners participate in a week-long franchise training boot camp—designed to provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to launch their businesses—at the CruiseOne / Dream Vacations’ world headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Winners will be reimbursed up to $500 for their travel and provided with complimentary accommodations during the training program.

CruiseOne / Dream Vacations is committed to giving back to the military community and offers many incentive programs including a 20 percent discount off the franchise fee and additional discounts for hiring former members of the U.S. military or active-duty military spouses as associates.

More than 30 percent of its home-based travel franchise system is military veterans or active-duty spouses.

“I love being a travel specialist with CruiseOne / Dream Vacations because of their strong commitment to the travel industry, and their never ending support to the agents, regardless if it is your first day or you have been with them for a decade,” said Mattie Johnson, Army veteran and franchise owner. 

“Most importantly, CruiseOne / Dream Vacations honors veterans on a level which changes lives. . . mine has definitely changed for the better as a 2015 Operation Vetrepreneur honoree.”

Military veterans with a passion for travel and entrepreneurism who are interested in opening a CruiseOne / Dream Vacations travel franchise, can visit or call 888-249-8235.

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