CruiseOne, the nation’s leading retailer of cruise travel, has moved into the prestigious Top 5 on the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) “Leading Franchises Among Veterans” list. Other renowned international businesses featured on the 2009 list include The UPS Store, Dunkin Brands, Meineke Car Care Centers and Sport Clips. CruiseOne is also the only travel industry company to make this year’s Top 10.

“CruiseOne is deeply committed to empowering veterans in their post-military careers and helping them build successful small businesses,” said Dwain Wall, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CruiseOne. “Veterans bring so much to the table in terms of business ownership, most importantly loyalty, passion and commitment. We are so proud to now be part of this esteemed Top 5 and look forward to continuing to offer a home to this important demographic.”

Compiled annually through the IFA’s Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative (VetFran), the “Leading Franchises Among Veterans” list resulted from a survey to several hundred franchise organizations regarding their involvement with the 1,500 veterans who have purchased small business franchisees since 2002. VetFran was created to help veterans transition to civilian life and encourages franchise ownership by offering financial incentives to honorably discharged veterans.

CruiseOne has been a Premium Member of VetFran since 2001 and has placed nearly 70 veterans into franchise ownership. CruiseOne offers veterans 20% off its initial franchise fee, as well as a variety of other incentives to help veterans help jumpstart their CruiseOne businesses.