CruiseOne, a leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, announces that it is seeing a shift toward a younger generation of  travel agents in its franchise system. In fact, one of its newest travel franchisees is an 18-year-old high school senior.

“Work-life balance is ranked as one of the most important factors millennials when considering a career choice, and owning a franchise is all about creating a lifestyle,” said Tim Courtney, CFE, vice president of franchise development for CruiseOne. “This makes owning a CruiseOne travel franchise an appealing option to this younger generation who not only have a thirst for travel, but also an independent and business-minded attitude.”

The number of millennials who own a CruiseOne franchise has increased by 16 percent in the last three years, signifying that the travel franchisor’s new owners are getting younger. Sugar Land, Texas resident and William B. Travis High School Senior Mubeen Walimomin recently completed CruiseOne’s intensive training program and is now the company’s youngest travel franchise owner.

“Owning a CruiseOne travel franchise affords me the flexibility to set my own hours to revolve around my class schedule, and will give me real-world experience when I start pursuing my business degree next year at the University of Houston,” said Walimomin. “As a member of Generation Z, I offer my clients a fresh perspective on vacations that will appeal to a large age range and multi-generational groups.”