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Top 11 reasons why Cruise Planners might be the right franchise host for you.

Cruise Planners-American Express Travel is one of the most successful travel franchises in the industry. In fact, it’s a top seller for many major cruise lines and has won numerous awards and designations, including being named No. 1 Cruise Tour/Travel Agency by Entrepreneur magazine for the past ten years. Cruise Planners provides marketing, booking and lead generation tools, as well as professional development and hands-on training for over 900 franchisees nationwide. Here are 11 reasons why you might want to become a Cruise Planners franchisee:

1. Benefit from Cruise Planners’ American Express affiliation

Cruise Planners is an American Express Travel Service Representative agency, which provides instant credibility to franchise owners. In addition, you will receive many American Express Travel Service perks. Among them are a “Cruise for Free” program, which allows clients to pay for their cruises or vacation packages by redeeming their Membership Rewards points.

2. Get ahead with best-in-class technology

CP|Central is a proprietary network that allows you to research, manage and market your business online. Find travel products, connect with the home office, and stay current on travel trends and information from anywhere in the world. You can also manage customers and bookings plus produce invoices and track commissions. Additionally, RegisWeb, a group management tool within eREZ, offers the ability to create individual pages on your website that are specific to group bookings with the ability to specify preferences, obtain trip updates and enter personal information. Finally, CP|Central’s web-based marketing system provides you with the ability to generate leads and customize your website and marketing materials.

3. Employ an array of other marketing tools

We offer a number of tools to help you earn profits. In addition to the earlier-mentioned tools, there’s The Cruise Planner, a full-color, 32-page, biannual consumer magazine with articles on hot destinations, travel trends, new cruise ships, and vacation specials. “Full Sails,” our award-winning direct-mail program, sends out about 40 different pieces each calendar year. The full-color pieces are customized with your contact information and mailed to your clients at no cost!

4. Receive many levels of training

There’s no previous experience necessary when joining Cruise Planners as a franchisee. First, our training and business development team guides you through start-up tasks. Second, you’ll attend a six-day program that includes a tradeshow and a chance to meet members of the home office team, take ship tours, and receive product demonstrations. Finally, we provide ongoing education via an annual convention, seminars at sea, live and on-demand webinars (available on Cruise Planners University, or CPU), and a sales service center. Each training element helps you earn CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) certification.

5. Gain access to a proprietary booking engine

eREZ, a client management and reservations tool, allows you to book cruises online. Recent enhancements give you access to cabin availability on major cruise lines via eConnect. You can quote prices, book the cabin and immediately secure a reservation for your clients. The booking tool also helps you generate client lists, add client information and edit reservations for cruise travel, air, car rentals, land tours and hotel bookings from anywhere! In addition, you can save and segment your client database and export right to the company’s print-on-demand portal, CPpod, to send personalized direct-mail postcards, magazines, flyers and emails.

6. Get a dedicated booking app

eREZ Mobile is a smartphone and iPad app that helps you manage your business when you’re not at home. This innovative app provides access to our company’s directory, client information, passenger details, invoices, datasheets, special offers and other information. In addition, you can add clients to your database from anywhere in the world.

7. Get a dedicated client app

Cruise Planners Mobileā„¢, an iPhone app for clients that allows your clients to stay in touch with you wherever they are. Your clients will have the ability to search for vacations, get information on exclusive travel deals, and book travel through you right from their smartphone.

8. Market using SOCIAL MEDIA

We create professionally branded Facebook templates for you and set up your fan page. When we post a deal, it will go directly to your fan page. Take the worry out of social media marketing, as we’ll provide posts, social media promotions, and images for you! You also can post and control the content on your own.

9. Access TO your own co-branded website

The main page features rotating images with weekly offers, which are customized. In addition, clients will be able to link to your Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media pages. Also, there is a function to search for vacations on the homepage, as well as on the bottom of any page the client is browsing. Through this platform, you will be able to send specific Cruise Planners offers to clients and add your own offers.

10. Profit from THE CP Vacations program

Stretch cruise-only vacations into cruise-land programs. You can offer lower prices to your customers than the cruise lines are providing, yet earn higher commissions, because all components are commissionable, including the land portion, transfers and NCFs. Currently over 180 packages are available!

11. Link to a dedicated travel registry

Cruise Planners partners with Honeymoonwishes.com, an online registry provider, to create a travel registry website for honeymoons and other celebratory travel. The registry links from your website to a unique branded registry tool. Engaged couples can book their honeymoon travel and register for their honeymoon, as well as for activities and wedding gifts, directly on your travel registry website. The registry homepages are labeled with your contact information.

For more information, call 888-582-2150 or visit www.cruiseplannersfranchise.com.