- 2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#65 Ranked #73 last year
- Initial investment
$2K - $20K
- Units as of 2020
1,553 38.8% over 3 years
About Dream Vacations
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Join the Travel Agency Franchise Voted BEST
Take your passion for travel to the next level. With a Dream Vacations home-based travel agency franchise, help people achieve the getaway or their dreams all while owning your own business. Enjoy the flexibility that comes with working anywhere in the world, at any time. Join the most awarded travel franchise today!
Become Part of an Exciting Industry
The future is bringing in travel and one of the best parts of owning a travel agency is being able to travel and experience the amazing vacations you’ll be selling – at a discounted cost to you! Travel is one of the fastest growing industries providing a formula for long-term success.
- 30MM passengers are expected to cruise in 2019
- 70% of cruises are booked through a travel agent
- $452 – the amount travel agents save clients per vacation on average
We are Invested in Your Success
With over $4 million invested yearly in our marketing and promotions, we are invested in your success. Over 90% of our marketing and lead generation programs are FREE here are just some of them:
- Mobile App to build travel itinerary and chat with your customers
- Direct mail program with exclusive fully-funded pieces, free to you
- Strategic content for your social media pages
- Exclusive partnership with American Express®
- Fully-funded loyalty program for your clients
With a 1:10 ratio of support staff for you from our dedicated team and full training provided, you’ll have the most comprehensive support. This means no previous travel industry experience needed!
- 6-day initial training with our experts
- 500+ online training modules
- Dedicated Business Development Manager
Low-Cost Meets High Value
- The initial franchise fee is $9,800 with flexible financing; you can get started for $3,500 down.
- Up to 20% discount available for community heroes, veterans and diversity candidates
- Earn 100% of the highest commission rates in the industry
- Franchising Since
- 1992 (29 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.
- # of Units
- 1,553 (as of 2020)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Dream Vacations franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
- $495 - $9,800
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $1,795 - $20,300
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Veteran Incentives
- 20-30% off franchise fee; training fee waived for business partner; training fee waived for first veteran/military spouse associate, reduced by 50% for additional associates; $5,000-valued enlistment package
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 5 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- Classroom Training
- 55 hours
- Additional Training
- As needed
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresField OperationsProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingMarketing Planning & SupportSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Franchise 500 Ranking History
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