Home-based travel franchise brand Dream Vacations has just announced its 2019 National Conference details via a Facebook video post. Starting on October 19, 2019, franchisees and others will board the Symphony of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International in Miami, Florida, and cruise to San Juan; Philipsburg; Puerto Rico; St. Maarten; and Labadee, Haiti, a private island destination of Royal Caribbean. During the seven-night cruise of the Eastern Caribbean, franchise business owners with the brand will enjoy educational and networking opportunities while taking advantage of the cruise line's top-tier amenities and features, including more than 20 dining areas, 23 pools and simulated surfing.
Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support and Service with Royal Caribbean International, said the cruise line is thrilled to welcome the travel franchise brand to its newest ship. She added that the conference is a great opportunity for travel franchisees to enjoy the cruise line's dining, activities and entertainment while hearing from top experts in the travel industry.
The annual National Conference is one of the most anticipated events by the brand's travel agents. One of the first in the travel sector to have a conference that took place entirely during a cruise, each of the brand's conferences has a theme that is the basis of all content throughout the event and the upcoming year. Attendees receive an itinerary that is full of networking and educational opportunities as well as charity drives in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Franchisees who attended the conference last year enjoyed a 34-percent performance increase.
Drew Daly, the brand's General Manager of Network Engagement and Performance, noted that the travel franchiser is always on the hunt for innovative ways to engage franchisees and opted to surprise them with an announcement about the conference this year. The GM added that feedback from franchisees who asked for more advance notice of the conference dates also factored into the earlier announcement decision.
This year's conference, with the theme "INSPIRE," is taking place from October 20 to October 27 on the Norwegian Bliss.
Part of World Travel Holdings and a member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations has earned the top status of partner with all major cruise lines and still has franchise opportunities available. The initial investment for one of these franchise opportunities is $9,800.