Cruise Planners Franchise, found online at CruisePlannersFranchise.com, is a franchise opportunity for people who are interested in running their own independent travel agency business out of their home.
A franchise is an independently owned business opportunity where the owner pays fees for using the knowledge, business practices, and other proprietary information of an already established business.
The Cruise Planners Franchise website says that they are one of the most successful, affordable franchises currently available on the market, with just an initial investment of $10,495 required.
The Cruise Planners website says that their opportunity is perfect for people with no travel agency experience, because they offer you a six day training program with your franchise purchase so you are prepared with how to best establish your business and interact with your corporate support team.
They encourage their newest team members to begin running their business part time, so they can ease into their industry and become comfortable with company policies and practices.
Cruise Planners Franchise promises their newest franchise owners that this is an incredibly easy franchise to be successful with, as they have been successful for more than 20 years and the cruising industry has seen growth each year for the last 30 years, including double digit growth in the last ten years. In fact, they says that the travel industry is a recession proof industry, perfect for someone interested in owning their own business.
As an affordable franchise opportunity that is partnered with the American Express Travel organization, Cruise Planners probably could be a very decent independently owned business opportunity.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems with the way this company promotes and sells this opportunity. Claiming that someone with no experience in the travel industry should feel no concerns with owning a travel agency is ridiculous, but not nearly as ridiculous as claiming that travel is a “recession proof industry,” when travel is in fact one of the very first and very hardest hit industries during times of economic trouble.
Another issue not being addressed by this company is the fact that travel agencies have been an industry almost eradicated by the internet, since most people make their own travel plans online or use mobile applications and websites to find the best prices and itineraries for their needs.
The truth is that this franchise opportunity may not be a bad idea, however it is impossible to know that or trust that since their sales page spends so much time directly lying to their potential franchise owners.