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With the significant increase in demand that arose during the pandemic for independent contracting opportunities and the ability to earn income remotely, Avoya has seized on the opportunity to capitalize on the trend by re-initiating a campaign to encourage new-to-travel Independent Agencies to affiliate their businesses with Avoya.

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, has announced significant growth in the size of the Avoya Network in 2022, attributing the majority of the growth to new-to-travel Independent Agency affiliations. Avoya reports new Independent Agency affiliations are up over 28% year-to-date compared to 2021 and over 10% compared to 2020; those figures translate to an 18% increase in total Avoya Network size compared to year end 2021. Over 85% of the new affiliations in 2022 are new to the travel industry. New affiliates are already enjoying astounding success in 2022; as of July 1, new affiliate sales in 2022 are up 139% compared to new affiliates during the same timeframe in 2021.

With the significant increase in demand that arose during the pandemic for independent contracting opportunities and the ability to earn income remotely, Avoya has seized on the opportunity to capitalize on the trend by re-initiating a campaign to encourage new-to-travel Independent Agencies to affiliate their businesses with Avoya. After these efforts were put on hold in May 2020 so Avoya could focus its support efforts on its loyal, long-term Independent Agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic, Avoya re-engaged the campaign in late 2021. As a result, year-to-date lead generation for new affiliates is more than triple the amount compared to 2021, reaching its highest peak in 5 years.

Avoya touts its unmatched agency support and services as a driving factor in the Network growth. “After many people lost or re-thought their jobs during the pandemic, they’re seeing the pent-up demand for travel and deciding now is the perfect opportunity to become a business owner, and they see affiliation with Avoya as the best choice to take their businesses seriously,” said Skip Fortier, Vice President of Network Expansion at Avoya Travel. “On top of having the largest ratio of support staff to agency owners in the distribution channel, Avoya offers unrivaled service from our dedicated Network Growth Specialists during the affiliation process, as well as best-in-class support programs including our Premier Agency Membership status with Cruise Lines International Association providing all of our affiliates a discounted membership, the award-winning Avoya Mastermind program, the Mastermind Foundations for Early Success program, the new Avoya Brand Sales Department, and much more.”

The Mastermind Foundations for Early Success program was launched in 2022 and is designed to coach newly affiliated Independent Agencies to achieve early success with Avoya Live Leads. The Early Success Program offers motivational support, a dedicated Facebook page, and best practice sharing in a community of agency peers to help build successful business practices through proven methods and a realistic process. Avoya’s Brand Sales Department focuses on helping Independent Agencies increase their sales at a supplier-specific level through sales coaching, small-group collaboration, and offering other strategic insights aimed at supporting agencies on an individual supplier partner basis. Avoya has also created several new events this year to support Independent Agency sales growth including a Virtual Hotel Event, Virtual Luxury Forum, and Virtual New Independent Agency event.

“I chose to affiliate with the Avoya Travel Network because they are known for excellence in the travel industry. They provided all the educational resources I needed to hit the ground running and mentored me from the first intake call to booking my first customer,” said Ryan Warshaw, Owner of Epic Jaunts LLC, a newly affiliated member of the Avoya Network. “Avoya has helped me build a business doing what I love and has a world-class team for everything I could need including educational resources, marketing materials, and live support every step of the way.”

Avoya Travel will have booths from its Network Expansion Team onsite at both the ASTA Global Convention and CruiseWorld trade events later this year.

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