Leader in Cruise Vacations Sails to the Golden State for West Coast Development

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  • Orange County, CA (1888PressRelease) October 16, 2014 - Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® - part of Expedia® Inc., the largest online travel company in the world, will be exhibiting at the West Coast Franchise Expo (WCFE) from October 23-25 at booth no. 433 in the Anaheim Convention Center. The travel company looks forward to presenting their retail franchise opportunity to passionate entrepreneurs seeking business ownership. As the cruising industry continues to thrive with nearly 22 million people worldwide expected to cruise in 2014 and 29 new ships set to enter the market by 2016, the company is rapidly expanding, experiencing record growth in the past year alone.

    "Expedia CruiseShipCenters continues to pave the way for entrepreneurs looking to invest in a travel franchise with a proven model," said Matthew Eichhorst, President of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. "The franchise opportunity provides our owners with the ability to present their customers with a trustworthy brand in addition to the personalized service and advice they can expect from a locally owned business. As the need for traditional brick and mortar travel agents continues to grow due to the complexity of online booking, we look forward to watching our brand expand throughout the nation and in the West Coast region."

    With thriving cruise ports in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego the company has its eyes set on expansion in the West Coast and California. According to FRANdata, California remains a hot franchise market with 39,060 total franchisee units and 569 total franchise headquarters. Acting as a major contributor, the WCFE has been responsible for opening hundreds of small business and creating thousands of jobs in the franchise industry throughout the Golden State - and this event will be no different.

    Fifty-six year old Chris Meyer pursued the franchise opportunity in 2011 and currently owns Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Laguna Hills, CA. As a lifelong Southern California resident with a passion for travel and a knack for creativity, Chris was setting sales records in his first year of business serving his local community and booking dream vacations.

    "The Orange County region is a promising market that is lucrative in terms of volume with a strong consumer desire for travel and easy accessibility to cruise ports, but most important was selecting a franchise that offers the systems and training that will ensure your success," said Meyer. "Franchising provides a proven business structure that works, and the WCFE is the perfect platform to meet face-to-face with key players at Expedia CruiseShipCenters to explore the opportunity on a deeper level."

    As the premier franchise expo on the West Coast, the WCFE brings together qualified prospects with a variety of franchise companies looking to expand west of the Mississippi. Additionally, the conference will host more than 40 free and informative seminars along with five symposia covering a wide range of topics such as "What Do I Need to Know Before Buying a Franchise," "Getting Ready to Franchise Your Business," "Financing Options for Franchising: Your Best Alternatives Today" and more.

    Expedia CruiseShipCenters' Franchise Partners and Vacation Consultants can leverage Expedia's $39 Billion in buying power for flights, hotels, vacation packages and more. Meet with Jeff Warkentin, Franchise Sales Manager and Jasmine Moore, Franchising Manager at the WCFE and visit www.expediafranchise.com or www.joinecsc.com for more information about joining the Expedia CruiseShipCenters team.

    Named a fast-growing franchise by MSN Money, Expedia CruiseShipCenters provides exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of 180 franchise locations. As part of Expedia, Inc., the company's 4,000 Vacation Consultants have been navigating spectacular vacation experiences for customers across North America for more than 25 years. For more information on joining the Expedia CruiseShipCenters team, visit www.expediafranchise.com.

    Expedia is either a registered trademark or trademark of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2014 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST # 2029030-50 and CST # 20893-43.

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