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CruiseOne® Launches Fourth Annual Contest for Military Veterans on Memorial Day

CruiseOne®Launches Fourth Annual Contest for Military Veterans

on Memorial Day

“OperationVetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” cruise franchise giveaway contest formilitary veterans begins May 25

FortLauderdale, Fla. (May 21, 2015) –Home-based travel franchise CruiseOne®, which is part of WorldTravel Holdings — the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisuretravel company, celebrates Military Appreciation Month in May with the launchof its fourth annual “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General”contest.  Military veterans can enter the contest beginning on MemorialDay, which is Monday, May 25, 2015, until the contest’s deadline of Friday,Aug. 7, 2015. Five deserving U.S. military veterans will each receive aCruiseOne home-based travel franchise, a total value of $63,500.

“Militaryveterans are the most distinguished American heroes and we thank them forserving our country and making the U.S. truly a land of opportunity,” saidDebbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne. “With approximately 250,000service members transitioning out of the military each year, we strive to maketheir return to the civilian workforce as seamless as possible by offering theOperation Vetrepreneur contest and an award-winning training program inpreparation for franchise ownership.”

The CruiseOnefranchise contest is open to former members of any of the five branches of theU.S. military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) who areretired, off active duty and/or honorably discharged prior to the contest startdate. To participate, candidates must complete an online entry form by Friday,Aug. 7. The form and all contest details can be found at www.OperationVetrepreneur.comor on CruiseOne’s Facebook page,

There will bethree rounds of judging as part of this contest. First, candidates willparticipate in a phone interview with a CruiseOne franchise developmentspecialist. Semi-finalists will be required to submit a franchise application,business plan and resume, all of which will be scored by the CruiseOneexecutive team. Final candidates will be invited to participate in follow-upphone interviews before winners are selected.

Five winnerswill be announced in August 2015. Valued at $12,700, each grand prize includesa complimentary CruiseOne franchise with a waived $9,800 initial start-up feeand monthly service fees. The new recruits will report for active duty inOctober, when they participate in weeklong franchise training at CruiseOne’sstate-of-the-art world headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. Winners will bereimbursed up to $500 for their travel and provided with complimentaryaccommodations during the training program. Once training is completed, winnerswill be armed with all the tools and knowledge they need to start their ownCruiseOne franchise.

“Weunderstand the needs and expectations of military veterans who are consideringfranchising and have developed a nationally recognized extensive program thatenables them to simultaneously be successful and maximize their family time,”said Tim Courtney, vice president of franchise development and ambassador ofveteran affairs for CruiseOne. “Our military veteran owners appreciate theflexible work-life balance owning a home-based cruise franchise affords them,as well as the inherent support system offered from other franchisees and ourcorporate office.”

A member ofthe International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran initiative, CruiseOneis committed to giving back to the military community and offers many incentiveprograms including a 20 percent discount off the franchise fee and additionaldiscounts for hiring former members of the U.S. military or active-dutymilitary spouses as associates. CruiseOne’s military veteran ownership has a 90percent success rate with more than 150 veterans opening a franchise since2010. In addition, more than 30 percent of the home-based cruise franchisesystem are military veterans or active-duty spouses.

“The U.S. AirForce provided my family and me a sense of camaraderie. No matter where I wasaround the world, I had a supportive group of men and women that became myfamily. This is what makes the military great and this is what makes CruiseOnegreat,” said Cory Hardy, CruiseOne Franchise Owner in Columbia, S.C. “When mywife and I were deciding to join CruiseOne, the selling point was the supportthat we would receive. At CruiseOne, a man or a woman is never left behind.Once we joined this family, I can truly say I have brothers and sisters that Ican call anytime and they will be there to help.”

Consistentlyrecognized by leading industry publications as a military-friendly franchise,CruiseOne’s accolades include a number one ranking Military Times in its“2014 Best for Vets: Franchises” list, recognition as a “Top 10 MilitaryFriendly Franchise” by Forbes, “Top Veteran-Friendly Franchise” by Entrepreneurand U.S. Veterans magazines and inclusion on USA Today’s “50 TopFranchises for Military Veterans.” For the past five years, CruiseOne was namedto G.I. Jobs magazine’s Military Friendly Franchises® list,which represents the top 10 percent of the nation’s franchises that are doingthe most to support military veterans.

Militaryveterans with a passion for travel and entrepreneurism who are interested inopening a CruiseOne travel franchise, please visit www.OperationVetrepreneur.comor call 888-249-8235.


In operationsince 1992, the home-based travel franchise CruiseOne® is ranked inthe top three percent of all franchises worldwide and is a member of theInternational Franchise Association. As part of World Travel Holdings, theworld’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company,CruiseOne franchisees are able to offer their customers the lowest possiblepricing on vacations with its 100 percent “Best Price and SatisfactionGuarantee.” CruiseOne has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status,by all the major cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line®,Royal Caribbean International®, Celebrity Cruises® andCarnival® Cruise Lines. For more information on CruiseOne, visit CruiseOne on Facebook at,and follow us on Twitter at @CruiseOneBiz.

AboutWorld Travel Holdings

World TravelHoldings is the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travelcompany with a portfolio of more than 40 diverse brands. In addition to owningsome of the largest brands distributing cruises, villas, hotels, resortvacations, cars and luxury travel services, World Travel Holdings has a vastportfolio of licensed private label partnerships comprised of top leisuretravel providers, including almost every U.S. airline, leading hotel brands andprominent corporations. The company also operates a top-rated travel agencyfranchise and the country's original host agency, and is consistentlyrecognized as an industry leader in work-at-home employment. Its globalpresence includes operating multiple owned and private label cruise andvacation brands in the United Kingdom. World Travel Holdings has offices inLong Island, NY, Wilmington, Mass., Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla., VirginiaBeach, Va., and Chorley, United Kingdom. For more information, visit

BeginsMay 25, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends August 7, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET.Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 or older at the start of the Contest,have a computer and internet connection, be a legal resident of the US or DC anda former member in good standing of one of the five branches of the U.S.military who is retired, off active duty and/or was honorably discharged priorto the start date of the Contest.  If selected as winners, Contestantsmust commit to a 5-year CruiseOne home-based franchise, which requiresattendance at a 6-day New Franchisee Training Class in Ft Lauderdale, FL and astarting investment capital (for more information, go to www.cruiseonefranchise.comor call 888-441-2542).  Only one (1) submission per contestant. To enter,complete the online entry form available on our Facebook page ( on our website ( qualified and selected to move to the next round after a phone interview,Semi-Finalists must submit a résumé, CruiseOne franchise application and 1,200words-2,200 words business plan. Submissions must comply with the SubmissionGuidelines in the Official Rules. Only complete, valid submissions will beaccepted. Sponsored by CruiseOne, Inc., 1201 W. Cypress Creek Rd. Ste. 100,Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.  See [] forcomplete Rules and details.  



RachelShapiro, Public Relations Specialist



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