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If you're passionate about travel, dream of adventure and want to share memorable experiences with others, the travel industry is overflowing with opportunities. What better way to spend your days than to plan travel and make a living off it?

Avoya offers award-winning technology and innovative resources to help you achieve success, wherever you may be! Are you already working remotely and looking for a change in scenery? Being a travel advisor no longer requires being glued to your at-home office seat. It's time to go outside and see the world! The opportunity to work from anywhere is quite literally at your fingertips.

Ready to get started? Here's how it works:
Our products and services are designed to help you do what you do best: sell unforgettable experiences. When you join the Avoya Travel Network™, you'll gain access to customizable business solutions that have been carefully crafted by our team of industry experts to help you get started and make your mark in the travel industry. Explore innovative marketing, technology, support and professional development solutions that pave the way for endless success.

No experience? No problem. Hit the ground running and gain the foundational knowledge you need to feel confident while starting your own adventure as a travel advisor with Travel Agent Education Powered by Avoya. This online, self-paced program teaches the basics of the travel industry, including entrepreneurship, paving the way to becoming a certified travel advisor and increasing travel sales right out of the gate!

How to affiliate:
To get started, fill out the form below. We'll then connect you with a dedicated Specialist who will help answer your questions, connect you with what you'll need to start a business and learn what to expect when you join Avoya.

From setting up your business to finalizing the finer details, we're with you every step of the way. Once affiliated, you can take advantage of our many customizable business solutions, including innovative marketing and technology, professional development opportunities, business coaching, events and more!

Our affiliation cost:
Our economical affiliation fee is a single payment of $495, for an initial 6-month agreement. If renewed after 6 months, there will be a $99 annual fee. In order to remain an active Independent Agent in the Avoya Network, we have a monthly fee of $49, which is typically waived after booking a minimum of $1,000 in gross commissions. In fact, 70% of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network have this fee waived!

How your clients can book:
Avoya Travel® provides you with a tailored agency profile with a user-friendly, innovative design that allows your customers to search cruises, tours and resorts. Complete with your agency contact information, your clients have everything they need to connect with you when they're ready to book, adding even more value to their vacation planning experience. Although your co-branded page does not include a booking engine for your clients, you'll have access to your own booking engine through Agent Power™, where you'll be able to whisk clients off to their dream destinations, using your expertise as an adventure advisor.

How you'll get paid:
Of course, you love to plan travel, but you're here to make a living too! Unlike many host agencies, all earned commissions are paid weekly! These direct deposits are based on commissions received from the specific vendor the prior week. We even offer the opportunity to get paid sooner with our Instant Commission™ program! Opt-in to receive earnings almost immediately after making a qualified booking.

How to grow with community-building events:
Avoya has an Annual National Conference that offers networking opportunities, educational sessions and a sneak peek into the future of Avoya Travel! More than just one yearly event, you can join many other virtual and in-person immersive and educational networking opportunities that are curated to all levels of experience and various specialties. Click here to see the full list of our 2023 events!

At Avoya, we're here to support you in not only achieving your goals but also celebrating them! That's why we also host a lineup of recognition trips for the top-performing Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network each year. When you affiliate your travel business with Avoya, you'll gain access to endless events to help you become a master of your trade (and crush your selling goals)! Discover all the ways you can sharpen the tools in your toolkit through Avoya's industry-leading events and award-winning education programs. Join us and continue your path toward success!

How to get travel opportunities:
As an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network, you'll have the opportunity to take FAM (familiarization) trips offered by specific vendors, offering an immersive experience that promotes stronger product or destination knowledge! You'll be able to experience all that the leisure product has to offer to help you become the expert for your future clients.

By affiliating with Avoya, you'll be able to secure discounted rates with many vendors, as well as net rates for personal travel. We suggest you travel as much as you possibly can to familiarize yourself with destinations and products that excite you! To help make this possible, we highly recommend joining the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to take advantage of their exclusive discounted FAM and educational opportunities.

Are you ready to join 1,800+ travel professionals in creating the successful business they've always wanted? Contact us by filling out the form below to get started! We'll connect you with a dedicated Specialist to answer all your questions and get you started on the path to thriving as an independent travel agency owner. We're with you from day one to day 365 and beyond!

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