Dream Vacations, a CruiseOne company, partnered with Military Spouse Magazine to host a contest for military spouses who want to become a travel agent.
As part of the contest, candidates participated in a phone interview and wrote a brief essay describing why owning a home-based travel franchise would be a valuable opportunity for their family. Twenty finalists were identified, with one final winner: Fredericksburg, Virginia resident and Army wife, Stacy Evans.
The grand prize is valued at $12,700 and includes a complimentary Dream Vacations franchise and week-long franchise training at Dream Vacations' world headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to the waived $9,800 start-up fee and monthly service fees, Evans will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel and receive complimentary accommodations during the week-long training. Following the training, Evans will be able to take the business on the road if her husband is relocated.
Dream Vacations is a member of the International Franchise Associations (IFA) VetFran initiative. Committed to giving back to the military community, Dream Vacations hosts 'Operation Vetrepreneur," an annual contest which awards five franchises to veterans; gives a 20 percent discount off the franchise fee; and offers additional discounts for hiring former members of the U.S. military or active-duty military spouses as associates.
Dream Vacations has also received many national accolades as a franchise opportunity for veterans. Its military friendly awards include: a number one ranking for the past three years by Military Times in its "Best for Vets: Franchises" list; inclusion on G.I. Jobs annual "Hot Franchises for Veterans" for the past six years; and recognition by MSC Cruises in its first-ever Seaside Salute Award.
Additional accolades include being named “Top 10 Military Friendly Franchise” by Forbes, “Top Veteran-Friendly Franchise” by Entrepreneur and U.S. Veterans magazines and inclusion on USA Today’s “50 Top Franchises for Military Veterans.”