, Inc., Acquires Cruise Holidays International

16th Nov 1999, Inc., a leading Internet provider of leisure travel packages, today announced the acquisition of Cruise Holidays International, a travel agency franchiser with 204 stores in North America. The purchase brings the total number of Travel franchises in the U.S. and Canada to 349.
“The addition of Cruise Holidays, an industry leader in the sale of cruise products, will strengthen’s relationships with cruise operators and enable the company to offer online customers and franchise visitors a wider selection of vacation possibilities at very competitive prices,” said Thomas McDermott, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Strategic Planning of’s Internet technology supports a unique distribution model that caters to the evolving preferences of leisure travelers by offering a full-featured Web site, 24-hour call centers and branded franchise travel locations. The Company will offer one-stop shopping for special interest vacation packages, such as skiing, adventure travel, fishing, yachting, casino gambling and honeymoons as well as a comprehensive database of travel and destination information and virtual tours of cruise ships, hotels and destinations. Individual travel products, including airline tickets, car rentals and hotels, will also be available on the Web site.
“’s strategy of delivering Internet technology to the travel agent and an Internet-enhanced shopping experience for the customer will better equip franchisees with the tools they need to deliver the finest customer service in the travel industry,” said Terry Mammen, Chairman, Cruise Holidays.
Cruise Holidays was the only travel agency services franchise ranked in Entrepreneur International magazine’s top 200 global franchises. The Company was among the 50 Platinum Franchises named by Income Opportunities magazine in 1999.


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