FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, has just announced the creation of the new Avoya Flowerfly Award, an honor given to the Avoya Network member who best represents the integrity, professionalism, and character that define the essence of the Avoya Travel community. The award will be handed out biannually to one Independent Agency in the Avoya Travel Network at the Avoya Travel Land Forum and Avoya Travel Conference each year. The first-ever award was presented to Badonna Birdsong, Owner of Badonna’s Travel World, LLC, a member of the Avoya Network, and was announced in-person at the 2022 Avoya Travel Land Forum on May 1 at Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort. The award was presented to Birdsong by Avoya Travel alongside her husband and business partner Julian Birdsong.
The Avoya Flowerfly Award, a nod to Avoya’s logo that is often referred to as a combination of a flower and butterfly, recognizes the commitment to integrity and professionalism that an Independent Agent brings to their agency and the Avoya Network every day. Their consistent positive attitude, willingness to support their fellow Independent Agencies, and dedication to being an ambassador and advocate for Avoya exemplify what it means to be a part of the Avoya Family. While Avoya has historically offered awards to acknowledge sales success and accomplishments (e.g. $1 Million Club, Best of the Best, Rookie of the Year, and Rising Star), this new category is focused on celebrating the humanity and character of the winner and their devotion to service, generosity, and positivity in all of their interactions, from travelers, to Avoya support staff, to supplier partners.
“The Avoya Flowerfly Award is an exciting new development in Avoya’s continuous commitment to recognizing the incredible amount of hard work and dedication the Avoya Network pours into their businesses every single day,” said Tammie Richie, Vice President of Network Engagement at Avoya Travel. “While sales and success awards are an important aspect of acknowledging the achievements of Independent Agencies, the devotion to positivity, integrity, and professionalism that the Avoya Flowerfly Award honors truly encapsulates the spirit of Avoya Travel. Avoya is very proud to reward Badonna Birdsong and her Independent Agency with the first-ever Avoya Flowerfly Award in recognition of her world-class service and impeccable representation of the Avoya Family.”
Birdsong has been a staple of the Avoya Network for more than 15 years, demonstrating the high moral character that has made her beloved among her fellow Independent Agencies, Avoya staff, and supplier partners and epitomizing Avoya’s Shared Success model. Well known for her contagious laugh and enduring optimism, Birdsong has endeared herself to many in the Avoya platform by volunteering her time to share her deep knowledge of travel with other Independent Agencies and suppliers alike, often serving on panels at Avoya events to disseminate her vast wealth of information. Birdsong has been a beacon of positivity for the Avoya Network and a humble ambassador for Avoya Travel, personifying Avoya’s values and the core principles of its culture.
“I am honored, blessed, and grateful to be chosen as the first-ever recipient of Avoya’s Flowerfly Award. This award shines a bright star on my 32-year resume in the travel industry, 16 years of which my Agency has been affiliated with Avoya,” said Birdsong. “The relationships I have established with other Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network are priceless. Avoya has created an avenue through technology, FAMs, and events for us to provide and receive support from each other to run successful businesses. My cup runs over with joy to be awarded for operating Badonna’s Travel World with integrity and professionalism by simply doing right, being right, and treating clients and colleagues right.”