In Celebration of Veteran’s Day, Dream Vacations Expands Support of Military Community with Launch of Command Center
Entrepreneur magazine ranks Dream Vacations #1 franchise for veterans as a result of programs like this
November 08, 2019 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - On this Veteran’s Day and every day throughout the year, Dream Vacations proudly salutes the military community and Dream Vacations is consistently recognized as a veteran-friendly franchise for its support of veterans and their families. This year’s celebration is extra special as Dream Vacations announces the launch of the Command Center, an internal portal with military resources, as well as its recent number one ranking as the Top Franchise for Veterans by Entrepreneur magazine.
“Supporting the military community is in our DNA and is part of what makes our franchise stand out,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of Dream Vacations. “Our vast range of benefits for veterans purchasing a franchise and our support have grown leaps and bounds over the years and as a result, nearly 35 percent of our network are veterans, which is more than double the national average.”
The Command Center takes a two-prong approach with a focus on agents of all backgrounds looking to support the military and gain military clientele, as well as on veteran-owned businesses that have past service records and seek assets for their marketing efforts. The Command Center serves as the hub for everything military-related from discounts, reward programs and marketing assets to educational tools, special dates that should be observed to honor the military, and valuable information to assist those who have and are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“The Command Center is one of the best business marketing and resource pages I have ever seen in a corporate organization,” said Army First Sergeant Grant Springer, Dream Vacations franchise owner and vacation specialist in Alexandria, Va. “It is a well-organized list of basic information and helpful links that our entire network, both veterans and non-veterans, can turn to whenever they have a specific content need. The creativity, research, effort, professionalism and compassion the World Travel Holdings’ team put into this project truly shows in the design and functionality of the webpage.”
The Entrepreneur magazine ranking is based on incentives for veterans, how franchisors attract and support veterans, and the franchisor’s score in the Entrepreneur 2019 Franchise 500. Other recent number one rankings include Military Times and Forbes. Additional recognitions include inclusion on G.I. Jobs annual “Hot Franchises for Veterans,” US Veterans magazine’s “Top Veteran-Friendly Companies”, USA Today’s “50 Top Franchises for Military Veterans” and recognition by MSC Cruises in its Seaside Salute Award. Dream Vacations is the only travel franchise to receive a 5 STAR ranking from VetFran, a strategic initiative of the International Franchise Association.
"Upon retiring from the military I wasn't sure what direction my life would take, but after learning about Dream Vacations’ support of the military, coupled with my own personal love of travel, joining Dream Vacations seemed to be the perfect opportunity for me and my family,” said U.S. Army MSG (Retired) Mike Hanlon, Dream Vacations franchise owner and vacation specialist in Wilmington, N.C. and 2019 Ambassador of Veteran Affairs. “During our most recent National Conference, we hosted a meetup for former and current military members of all branches to discuss our service and how special it is to be involved with such a military-friendly organization. These conversations re-affirmed my decision to join Dream Vacations and I look forward to giving back to active service members and veterans alike in my role as Ambassador of Veteran Affairs."
All military veterans and Gold Star families who purchase a Dream Vacations travel agency business receive an enlistment package valued at no less than $5,000 and ongoing support. They can select one of four perks currently being offered - $2,000 travel training credit; receive up to $7,000 back based on initial fee through the Earn Back promotion; waived administrative fees valued at $1,350; or a Microsoft® Surface Pro tablet valued at $1,000. All veterans and Gold Star families receive a waived training fee for a business partner and the ability to hire active-duty military spouses and veterans as associates at a discount. Additional veteran incentives include the ability to move residences and stay in business, travel discounts for military customers and access to veteran networking groups.
About Dream Vacations
Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans.
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