CruiseOne reports the military-friendly franchise travel agent network - and part of World Travel Holdings - is calling up from the reserves and into action former members of the U.S. military to join its ranks as a travel business owner.
Military veterans are invited to participate in the Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General contest, with five deserving veterans each receiving a CruiseOne travel franchise. The contest begins on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013 and continues until Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.
“With more than 30,000 troops expected to return home this year, jobs will be in high demand for military veterans,” said Dwain Wall, senior vice president and general manager of CruiseOne. “A career at CruiseOne is the perfect option for military veterans who have an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for travel and want to help people plan their dream vacations.”
The CruiseOne contest is open to former members of any of the five branches of the U.S. military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) who are retired, off active duty and/or honorably discharged prior to the contest start date on Monday, May 27.
To participate, candidates must complete an online entry form by Friday, Sept. 13. The form and all contest details can be found at www.OperationVetrepreneur.com or on CruiseOne’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/CruiseOneFranchise.
There will be three rounds of judging as part of this contest. First, candidates will participate in a phone interview with a CruiseOne franchise development specialist. Semi-finalists will be required to submit a franchise application, business plan and resume, all of which will be scored by the CruiseOne executive team. Final candidates will be invited to participate in follow-up phone interviews before winners are selected.
Five grand prize winners will be announced in November 2013. Valued at $12,700, each grand prize includes a free CruiseOne franchise with a waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees. The new recruits will report for active duty beginning on Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11, when they participate in a weeklong franchise training boot camp at CruiseOne’s state-of-the-art corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. Winners will be reimbursed up to $500 for their travel and provided with complimentary accommodations during the training program.
“At CruiseOne, we salute military veterans and are pleased to offer them the opportunity to work in the exciting travel industry, where they can use their military expertise to own and operate travel businesses,” said Wall. “Integrity, performing under pressure, discipline and dedication to success are just a few of the many traits military veterans possess which make them successful franchise owners.”
A member of VetFran, CruiseOne supports military veterans and is consistently recognized by leading industry publications as a military-friendly franchise.
Military veterans interested in joining CruiseOne and participating in Operation Vetrepreneur, should visit www.OperationVetrepreneur.com.