PHOTO: Avoya Travel is adding agents at a record-setting pace. (Courtesy Avoya Travel)
Avoya Travel, one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies, is experiencing record-breaking growth thanks to high numbers of both experienced and new independent agencies joining the Avoya Travel Network.
In fact, according to a recent release, Avoya is seeing agencies in this sector joining at the fastest rate in more than a decade.
The number of new independent agencies affiliating with Avoya in the last quarter of 2016 was up 100 percent year-over-year, while January and February 2017 saw over 150 percent year-over-year growth.
“In 2016 the Avoya Travel Network had a banner year, our best ever by any measure,” said Brad Anderson, president of Avoya Travel, in the release. “Avoya Travel is very proud that we’re bringing more new-to-travel entrepreneurs into the industry to realize the amazing opportunities that owning their own travel agency offers, while also helping experienced travel professionals grow their businesses. We look forward to helping more Independent Agencies than ever live a lifestyle of success in 2017.”
The company attributes its explosive growth to its award-winning Shared Success™ model along with its reputation for Integrity and Professionalism™. Recently, the company also introduced several measures geared at helping independent agencies within the network realize greater success. Among them are:
* Enhanced professional programs, which provide independent agency owners with the skills they need to grow their business at an accelerated rate, and Avoya University™, an online on-demand program that provides agents with access to hundreds of interactive, recorded courses, as well as live one-on-one coaching and group training sessions.
* Live Leads™, an optional Avoya exclusive program that helps agencies grow their client base by distributing travel leads 24/7 by phone, web and mobile app. In 2017, the top 25 Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network have already booked over $60,000 in commissions per agency.
* The Agency Marketing Platform (AMP), a newly launched program that offers independent agencies a proven marketing solution that has been shown to increase agency sales by up to 54 percent, according to Avoya.
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Avoya’s Mastermind Program is another means through which travel professionals can enhance their education and business development. The program offers such initiatives as a peer-to-peer think tank, one-to-one strategies, sales, business foundations, role playing and business coaching.
Such is Avoya’s belief in the travel agency community that it actively drives and promotes the idea among both customers and suppliers that travel agents are an integral part of planning and booking vacations and cruises. To that end, Avoya Travel Network’s Let’s Reimagine Vacation Planning Together™ and Beyond the Web® brand campaigns continue to drive home the message that travel professionals are a necessity when it comes to booking a vacation in today’s busy world, a message that is reiterated on Avoya’s website.
Family-owned Avoya has long been known as being among the most innovative marketing and travel technology companies within the industry. For more than 30 years, the company has been an American Express Travel Representative and has been the company’s largest seller of cruises and tours. Avoya has received numerous honors, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express and Oceania Cruises, among others.