PLANNERS, the cruise agency franchisor that counts many
at-homes among its members, said it set a sales record in 2005,
breaking the $100 million mark. In 2004, sales reached $85 million,
the firm said. Cruise Planners began operation in 1994, when it was
still unusual to use agents selling out of their homes. That year,
the company had $3 million in sales.
REINFORCING the companys growth, officials
said, were its recent rankings in Entrepreneur Magazine. In the
cruise-only agency category, Cruise Planners has ranked first for
three consecutive years. Agents looking to affiliate with Cruise
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JOYSTAR, a host agency, reported it reached
$60 million in annual sales. Willliam Alverson, CEO of Joystar,
said the company continues to enhance its hosting program and in
January signed contracts with agents representing an estimated $10
million in annual sales. Joystars financial report cites a Credit
Suisse First Boston estimate that the home-based agency model
represents $7.6 billion in annual sales. It also estimates the
number of at-home agents will reach 25,000 this year and 50,000 by
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