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    Avoya Travel Independent Agency Owner Honored by American Express Travel As a Top Performer

    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – June 10, 2021 – Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, today announced that Cindy Locke, co-owner of Seize the Seas LLC, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Travel Network, was named a 2021 Pacesetter by American Express Travel. Previously recognized by American Express Travel as their Agency of the Year, Avoya Travel nominated Locke from among more than 1,000 Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network for the prestigious recognition. This is the fourth time Locke has received the Pacesetter award.

    American Express Travel Pacesetters are selected based on their exceptional customer service, sales performance, involvement in the travel agent community, and commitment to delivering extraordinary travel experiences.

    Locke co-owns and operates her own independent travel agency, Seize the Seas LLC, in partnership with her husband David Locke. Seize the Seas is the highest-producing Independent Agency in the Avoya Network and has been a member of the Avoya Network for more than 16 years. In that time, Seize the Seas has earned numerous awards and accolades for remarkable sales expertise and best-in-class customer service, including being named to Avoya’s highly esteemed Chairman’s Club™ each year since the honor’s inception. Locke has also been recognized as a top producer for Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Crystal Cruises.

    A consummate professional, Locke has built her successful business by delivering outstanding service and vacation experiences to customers, with a specific focus on luxury and upper-premium cruises as well as escorted tours and luxury expedition cruises. Locke continues to grow her expertise through continual education and personal experiences with the products she sells, having traveled on more than 75 vacations and nine Europe river cruises, guaranteeing that her clients are receiving world-class service and first-hand knowledge. the second quarter of 2022.

    “Cindy Locke is a skilled and knowledgeable travel professional with a long history of success, and extremely deserving of this recognition,” said Steve Hirshan, Senior Vice President of Sales at Avoya Travel. “Cindy goes above and beyond for each of her customers, creating remarkable vacation experiences and providing first-class customer service for every traveler she works with. We are grateful to have Cindy and David's Independent Agency, Seize the Seas LLC, in the Avoya Travel Network and very proud of her for this accomplishment.”

    “It is an honor to be recognized as an American Express Travel Pacesetter for the fourth time,” said Locke. “I am dedicated to creating unforgettable vacation experiences for each traveler I service and building personal relationships with my clients to ensure I’m crafting a vacation experience that is perfectly tailored to each individual customer’s needs. Avoya Travel has been instrumental in supporting me and my Independent Agency over the years to help deliver superior customer service and the best value to each traveler.”

    Seize the Seas is an Independent Agency in the Avoya Travel Network. Travelers interested in booking their next trip with Cindy Locke can call her toll-free at 800-706-0310 or visitwww.AvoyaTravel.com/IA/CindyLocke. Professional sellers of travel interested in growing their business by affiliating with Avoya should call 800-521-2597 or visit www.AvoyaNetwork.com.


    About Avoya Travel
    Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Avoya Travel® provides services to more than 1,000 Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™. Avoya has a longstanding reputation for providing unmatched resources and services to thousands of companies including cruise lines, tour companies, resorts, and the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network, one of the largest and most successful independent travel agency networks in the world. Family-owned, Avoya’s Shared Success™ model is built on a foundation of Integrity and Professionalism™. Avoya has been an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years, and is one of their largest producers of cruises, tours, and vacations through its Network of Independent Agencies.

    Some of the innovative services and resources offered by Avoya include optional marketing programs like Live Leads™, the first, the best, and only patented solution for offering new travelers exclusively to Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network; Avoya Smart Leads™; unparalleled agency business support services; fully integrated, proprietary, and patented SaaS technology, Agent Power™; award-winning professional development and education programs; American Express Travel benefits; Instant Commission™ and more.

    Through Avoya’s platform travelers worldwide can be connected to an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies and can enjoy exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service. Highly recognized and awarded by cruise lines, tour companies, resorts, and others, Avoya Travel has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, MSC Cruises, and more.

    Travel agency owners, travel professionals and others interested in receiving the unmatched services, marketing, support, and technology needed to own and operate their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.AvoyaNetwork.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with an expert Independent Agency in the Avoya Network should call 800-753-1463 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.

    Media Contact: PublicRelations@AvoyaTravel.com

  • In The News
    August 9, 2022

    Affiliations with Avoya Travel are up, which the Fort Lauderdale-based host agency attributes to growth in first-time travel advisors. New affiliates are up 28% from a year ago and 10% from 2021. The majority of new affiliates, 85%, are new to travel.

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    August 9, 2022

    Avoya Travel has reported substantial growth in the size of the Avoya Network in 2022. The brand attributes the majority of the growth to new-to-travel independent agency affiliations, which are up over 28 percent year-to-date compared to 2021, and over 10 percent compared to 2020.

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    August 9, 2022

    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.

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    August 9, 2022

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative host agency brands, has announced significant growth in the size of its 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 percent year-to-date compared to 2021 and over 10 percent compared to 2020.

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    June 28, 2022

    Avoya Travel has announced the introduction of the 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.

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    June 16, 2022

    Avoya Travel 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.

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    June 16, 2022

    Avoya Travel, the innovative host agency, 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.

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    June 15, 2022

    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.

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    May 24, 2022

    As we’ve said in the past, we try not to cover events that have already taken place, unless it’s to relate significant news. Well, this is another exception, as host agency Avoya Travel just send out a release about its April 12-14 virtual land forum and May 1-4 in-person event May 1 at Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort.

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    May 23, 2022

    Land vacations are selling well for Avoya Travel’s network of independent agents. According to the Fort Lauderdale-based host agency, commissions on year-to-date resort sales are up 80% compared with 2019. More than half, 57%, of land booking sales to date are new-to-Avoya customers. That, Avoya said, signals “substantial growth in Avoya’s book of land business.”

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    May 23, 2022

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, recently concluded the 2022 Avoya Travel Land Forum, which took place virtually April 12 – 14, and included an in-person event May 1 – 4 at Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort. Hundreds of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network participated between the virtual and in-person events which featured the sponsorship of nearly 40 of Avoya’s preferred land partners, a wide array of networking opportunities, and a plethora of educational and professional development options.

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    May 23, 2022

    Avoya Travel recently concluded the 2022 Avoya Travel Land Forum, which took place virtually April 12–14 and included an in-person event May 1–4 at Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort. Hundreds of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network participated between the virtual and in-person events which featured the sponsorship of nearly 40 of Avoya’s preferred land partners, a wide array of networking opportunities, and a plethora of educational and professional development options.

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    April 27, 2022

    Avoya Travel has deepened the marketing assets available for its independent contractors. The host agency on Wednesday detailed some of its marketing initiatives, including more than 160 new marketing assets that advisors can send to clients with their agency's logo and information.

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    April 27, 2022

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, has announced a new series of initiatives and enhancements designed to position the Avoya platform at the forefront as a source of information for travelers throughout the vacation planning process and empower the Avoya Network to develop the mix of branding and marketing tactics that best suits their independent businesses.

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    April 27, 2022

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, has announced a new series of initiatives and enhancements designed to position the Avoya platform at the forefront as a source of information for travelers throughout the vacation planning process and empower the Avoya Network to develop the mix of branding and marketing tactics that best suits their independent businesses.

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    April 27, 2022

    Avoya Travel has announced a new series of initiatives and enhancements designed to position the Avoya platform as the primary source of information for travelers throughout the vacation-planning process and empower advisors to develop the mix of branding and marketing tactics that best suits their business.

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    March 4, 2022

    Avoya Travel has unveiled the complete lineup of events for this year. The schedule includes in-person, virtual and hybrid events, with attendance to all events being optional for the independent agencies in the Avoya Travel Network and some discounts being offered to those who choose to attend multiple events.

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    March 4, 2022

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative host travel agencies, has just announced a full lineup of events for the 2022 calendar year. The schedule includes in-person, virtual and hybrid events ranging from educational and professional development opportunities to networking and sales recognition events, with attendance to all events being optional for the independent agencies in the Avoya Travel Network.

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    March 3, 2022

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative companies, has just announced its full lineup of events for the 2022 calendar year. The schedule includes various in-person, virtual, and hybrid events ranging from educational and professional development opportunities to networking and sales recognition events, with attendance to all events being optional for the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ and some discounts being offered to those who choose to attend multiple events.

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    March 3, 2022

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative companies, has just announced its full lineup of events for the 2022 calendar year. The schedule includes various in-person, virtual, and hybrid events ranging from educational and professional development opportunities to networking and sales recognition events, with attendance to all events being optional for the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network and some discounts being offered to those who choose to attend multiple events.

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    December 16, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of the industry’s most innovative travel agencies, just concluded the 2021 Avoya Conference, which took place virtually from December 6-10, 2021. The 2021 Avoya Conference was highlighted by presentations and panels featuring senior level executives from suppliers spanning the travel industry.

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    December 16, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative companies, recently concluded the 2021 Avoya Conference, which took place virtually from December 6-10, 2021. The 2021 Avoya Conference was highlighted by presentations and panels featuring senior level executives from suppliers spanning the travel industry.

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    December 16, 2021

    Avoya Travel recently concluded the 2021 Avoya Conference, which took place virtually from December 6–10, 2021. The 2021 Avoya Conference was highlighted by presentations and panels featuring senior-level executives from suppliers spanning the travel industry.

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    December 15, 2021

    We will kick off our media coverage of the Avoya 2021 Virtual with a brief overview of some of the announcements that were shared with us and other members of the industry press. Avoya Smart Leads launched in 2021, with a focus on the connection between a client and the top agent that fits their needs best.

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    December 13, 2021

    We will kick off our media coverage of the Avoya 2021 Virtual with a brief overview of some of the announcements that were shared with us and other members of the industry press. Avoya Smart Leads launched in 2021, with a focus on the connection between a client and the top agent that fits their needs best.

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    December 8, 2021

    On the heels of news that Certares has acquired an ownership stake in Avoya Travel, the vacation platform and network of independent travel advisors said this week that it expects to grow faster than at any time in its history but that it will not alter the trajectory of that growth.

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    December 2, 2021

    Bookings for a number of categories of travel have exceeded 2019 levels, Avoya Travel said, and 2022 is shaping up to be a strong year, especially in the third and fourth quarters. In fact, on Dec. 1, the host agency had a $2 million booking day, according to Ashley Hunter, senior vice president of partnerships.

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    December 2, 2021

    Ahead of the 2021 Avoya Travel Conference - taking place next week - Avoya Travel is celebrating a pretty major moment for the COVID-19 era. On Dec. 1, the company did $2 million in bookings, “a monster sales day,” as Jeff Anderson, co-CEO, put it. 

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    November 23, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative companies, is pleased to announce that it has closed on an investment from funds managed by Certares Management LLC, a global travel, tourism, and hospitality investment firm.

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    November 22, 2021

    Avoya Travel has announced that it has closed on an investment from funds managed by Certares Management LLC, a global travel, tourism and hospitality investment firm. Certares joins brothers, Jeff and Michael Anderson, as co-owners of Avoya and together are committed to long-term growth and scaling its vacation platform.

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    November 22, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of travel’s most innovative agencies, in a surprise move announced on Nov. 19 that it has closed on an investment from funds managed by Certares Management LLC, a global travel, tourism, and hospitality investment firm. Certares joins brothers Jeff Anderson (pictured above) and Michael Anderson, as co-owners of Avoya and together are committed to long-term growth and scaling its vacation platform.

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    November 20, 2021

    From Oct. 24-28, Avoya Travel hosted its first in-person educational and networking event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, welcoming nearly 200 independent agencies and licensed agents — along with some 20 preferred supplier partners — onboard Celebrity Apex. 

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    November 19, 2021

    Avoya Travel, the vacation planning company that includes Avoya Travel Network, is taking on a new investor. Avoya’s Jeff Anderson announced that Certares, the private equity firm that already holds investments in a number of travel companies including Internova and AmaWaterways, has taken a stake in Avoya.

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    November 19, 2021

    Jeff Anderson, co-president of Avoya, hosted a virtual chat to discuss Avoya’s “Next Chapter,” as they’re calling it. “In an effort to collaborate with the most brilliant, we are bringing in a new partner,” said Anderson, “a new shareholder, into the business.” This new shareholder will be Certares, which is a private equity firm with offices in New York, Luxembourg and Dubai.

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    November 19, 2021

    Avoya’s Jeff Anderson announced that Avoya Travel has a new shareholder: Certares, a global private equity firm that is invested in fellow travel brands such as G Adventures, Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Internova Travel Group, AmaWaterways and others.

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    November 19, 2021

    Award-winning host agency Avoya Travel Network announced some major news that will have a profound, positive impact on the family-run company’s future trajectory. With 57 years as one of the world’s most innovative travel marketing and technology companies under its belt, Avoya has just gained a new shareholder and investment partner in Certares.

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    November 19, 2021

    Private equity firm Certares has become a shareholder in Avoya Travel, a host agency that is No. 29 on Travel Weekly's 2021 Power List. Certares joins two other shareholders: co-presidents Jeff Anderson and Michael Anderson.

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    November 1, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, has just concluded its first in-person educational and networking event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic onboard the Celebrity Apex from October 24 – 28, 2021.

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    November 1, 2021

    Avoya Travel has just concluded its first in-person educational and networking event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic onboard the Celebrity Apex from October 24–28, 2021.

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    October 18, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, has been honored with four of Travel Weekly magazine’s esteemed 2021 Magellan Awards. The prestigious awards distinguish Avoya as a travel industry leader with innovative initiatives and effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    October 18, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, has been honored with four of Travel Weekly magazine’s esteemed 2021 Magellan Awards. The prestigious awards distinguish Avoya as a travel industry leader with innovative initiatives and effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    September 27, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, recently concluded its first ever Back to Cruise Event, which took place virtually from September 22 – 23, 2021. Hundreds of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ registered and attended the event which featured the participation of 20 of Avoya’s preferred cruise partners.

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    September 27, 2021

    Avoya Travel is celebrating the return of cruising with its Back to Cruise Event. The virtual meeting took place September 22-23, 2021 and connected Avoya travel advisors and Avoya preferred suppliers, including 20 of Avoya’s preferred cruise partners, such as Oceania Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, AmaWaterways and more.

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    September 3, 2021

    More than 97% of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network that sold over $1m in 2019 have remained affiliated with Avoya throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    September 1, 2021

    Avoya Travel is seeing positive results from its support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The network announced that more than 97 percent of its independent agencies that sold over $1 million in 2019 have remained affiliated with Avoya throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    September 1, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, just announced that over 97% of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network that sold over $1 Million in 2019 have remained affiliated with Avoya throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    September 1, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, just announced that over 97% of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network that sold over $1 Million in 2019 have remained affiliated with Avoya throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    August 6, 2021

    Avoya Travel aims at supporting independent agencies with a series of initiatives aimed at adding additional support and educational opportunities for the independent agencies in the Avoya Travel Network, as well as expanding the size of the Avoya Network.

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    August 5, 2021

    Avoya Travel recently announced a series of initiatives aimed at adding additional support and educational opportunities for the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network as well as expanding the size of the Avoya Network.

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    August 5, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of the top host travel agencies in the business, unveiled a series of initiatives aimed at adding additional support and educational opportunities for its independent agencies in the Avoya Travel Network as well as expanding the size of that network.

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    August 3, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, recently announced a series of initiatives aimed at adding additional support and educational opportunities for the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ as well as expanding the size of the Avoya Network.

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    July 27, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, was honored as a finalist for the 2021 Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The prestigious honor takes into consideration the ethical business practices of a company as well as the character of its leadership and the values instilled in the company’s culture.

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    July 27, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, was honored as a finalist for the 2021 Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The prestigious honor takes into consideration the ethical business practices of a company as well as the character of its leadership and the values instilled in the company’s culture.

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    June 7, 2021

    Despite the challenges of dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recovering from the losses of 2020, some travel companies are still logging in big wins for the year. The latest to celebrate a milestone achievement is travel advisor network Avoya Travel.

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    June 4, 2021

    Avoya Travel announced that June 1, 2021 was the largest single day of sales in the company’s long history. The record-breaking day was highlighted by a 21 percent increase in sales volume compared to Avoya’s previous benchmark set in May of 2019.

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    June 4, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of the most innovative host agencies in the business, said June 1, 2021 was the largest single day of sales in its long history. The record-breaking day was highlighted by a 21 percent increase in sales volume compared with Avoya’s previous benchmark set in May 2019.

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    June 3, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, just announced that June 1, 2021 was the largest single day of sales in the company’s long history. The record-breaking day was highlighted by a 21% increase in sales volume compared to Avoya’s previous benchmark set in May of 2019.

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    June 3, 2021

    Avoya Travel just announced that June 1, 2021, was the largest single day of sales in the company’s long history. The record-breaking day was highlighted by a 21 percent increase in sales volume compared to Avoya’s previous benchmark set in May of 2019.

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    June 3, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, just announced that June 1, 2021 was the largest single day of sales in the company’s long history. The record-breaking day was highlighted by a 21% increase in sales volume compared to Avoya’s previous benchmark set in May of 2019.

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    May 13, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative host travel agencies, recently concluded its third annual Avoya Mastermind Land Forum, which took place virtually May 4-7, 2021. Nearly 350 independent agencies in the Avoya Travel Network attended the event, which featured more than 40 of Avoya’s preferred land partners, myriad networking opportunities, and a vast array of educational and professional development options.

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    May 12, 2021

    Avoya Travel recently concluded its third annual Avoya Mastermind Land Forum, which took place virtually May 4–7, 2021. Hundreds of independent agencies in the Avoya Travel Network attended the event, which included the participation of over 40 of Avoya’s preferred land partners, a mix of networking opportunities, and an array of educational and professional development options.

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    May 12, 2021

    Avoya Travel concluded its third annual Avoya Mastermind Land Forum, which took place virtually from May 4–7, 2021. The event highlighted Avoya’s accelerated land vacation sales growth and offered educational and networking opportunities.

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    May 12, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, recently concluded its third annual Avoya Mastermind Land Forum, which took place virtually from May 4 – 7, 2021. Hundreds of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ attended the event which featured the participation of over 40 of Avoya’s preferred land partners, a myriad of networking opportunities, and a vast array of educational and professional development options.

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    April 20, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative host agencies, announced the successful conclusion of the first quarter 2021, which included the completion of several key initiatives and a significant increase in sales volume compared to previous months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    April 19, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, just announced the successful conclusion of the first quarter of 2021, which included the completion of several key initiatives and a significant increase in sales volume compared to previous months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    April 19, 2021

    Avoya Travel just announced the successful conclusion of the first quarter of 2021, which included the completion of several key initiatives and a significant increase in sales volume compared to previous months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    March 16, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, just launched a new marketing campaign highlighting destinations currently open for leisure travel with an emphasis on vacations customers can take this Spring and Summer.

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    March 16, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative host agencies, just launched a new marketing campaign highlighting destinations currently open for leisure travel with an emphasis on vacations customers can take this spring and summer.

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    March 15, 2021

    Avoya Travel, No. 30 on Travel Weekly's 2020 Power List, is looking to tap into pent-up demand among North Americans with its new "Vacations to Take Now" marketing campaign. The campaign highlights destinations leisure travelers can currently visit, such as Mexico, Hawaii and Florida.

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    March 15, 2021

    Avoya Travel just launched a new marketing campaign highlighting destinations currently open for leisure travel with an emphasis on vacations customers can take this Spring and Summer.

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    March 5, 2021

    Avoya Travel announced it will be paying additional commission overrides to qualifying independent agencies in the Avoya Travel Network based on 2020 earned commission levels. Avoya launched the commission growth incentive in the first quarter of 2020 to extremely positive feedback from the Avoya Network.

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    March 3, 2021

    Host agency Avoya Travel announced it will be paying additional commission overrides to qualifying independent agencies in the Avoya Travel Network based on 2020 earned commission levels. Avoya says it launched the independent agency commission growth incentive in the first quarter of 2020 to extremely positive feedback from agencies in the Avoya Network.

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    March 2, 2021

    Avoya Travel just announced it will be paying additional commission overrides to qualifying Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network based on 2020 earned commission levels. Avoya launched the Independent Agency commission growth incentive in the first quarter of 2020 to extremely positive feedback from the Avoya Network.

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    March 1, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, just announced it will be paying additional commission overrides to qualifying Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ based on 2020 earned commission levels.

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    March 1, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, just announced it will be paying additional commission overrides to qualifying Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ based on 2020 earned commission levels.

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    February 18, 2021

    Not surprisingly Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s top host agencies, has not been standing still during the COVID-19 crisis. The agency recently concluded its Avoya Mastermind Virtual Success Academy, which took place Feb. 8-12, 2021.

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    February 16, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, recently concluded its Avoya Mastermind Virtual Success Academy™, which took place over the course of February 8-12, 2021.

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    January 28, 2021

    During the fourth quarter of 2020, Avoya Travel saw a significant increase in sales compared to other months during the COVID-19 pandemic. December marked the best month of sales for the brand since April.

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    January 28, 2021

    Avoya Travel is seeing the first signs of a travel recovery: The network reported an increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to previous months during the COVID-19 pandemic, with December seeing the best month of sales since April of 2020.

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    January 28, 2021

    Avoya Travel says that is has experienced a significant increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to previous months during the COVID-19 pandemic, with December seeing the best month of sales since April of 2020. Avoya is optimistic about its position of strength heading into 2021 and the recovery of the travel industry.

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    January 28, 2021

    Avoya Travel is reporting a significant increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2020. December was the company’s best month since April 2020 when travel was sidelined due to the coronavirus.

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    January 28, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, experienced a significant increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to previous months during the COVID-19 pandemic, with December seeing the best month of sales since April of 2020.

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    January 28, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of the most innovative host agencies, says it saw a significant increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to previous months during the COVID-19 pandemic, with December being the best month for sales since April 2020.

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    January 27, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, experienced a significant increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to previous months during the COVID-19 pandemic, with December seeing the best month of sales since April of 2020.

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    January 12, 2021

    Avoya Travel recently launched new communication technology, named Avoya Conversations. The new tech offers independent agencies in the Avoya Network the option to communicate with customers via text message through an easy-to-use system that is integrated into Agent Power, Avoya’s patented SaaS technology.

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    January 12, 2021

    Avoya Travel, one of travel's most innovative hosts with just over 1,000 independent agencies, just launched new communications technology as part of the Avoya platform called Avoya Conversations. This offers independent agencies in the Avoya Network the option to communicate with customers via text message through an easy-to-use system that is integrated into Avoya's patented SaaS technology, Agent Power.

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    January 11, 2021

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, recently launched new communication technology as part of the Avoya platform named Avoya Conversations™. Avoya Conversations offers Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™ the option to communicate with customers via text message through an easy-to-use system that is integrated into Avoya’s patented SaaS technology, Agent Power™.

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    January 11, 2021

    Avoya Travel recently launched new communication technology as part of the Avoya platform named Avoya Conversations. Avoya Conversations offers Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network the option to communicate with customers via text message through an easy-to-use system that is integrated into Avoya’s patented SaaS technology, Agent Power.

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    December 18, 2020

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, is proud to announce that Co-Founders Brad and Van Anderson have been honored with Travel Weekly’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented with the award at Travel Weekly’s 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards virtual ceremony on December 17, 2020, the highly esteemed Anderson brothers celebrated the Anderson family’s legacy in the travel industry and Brad and Van’s significant footprint on travel.

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    December 7, 2020

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, recently concluded Part Two of its annual Avoya Conference, marking the successful completion of the two-part virtual conference which spanned eight total days, October 19-22, 2020 and December 1-4, 2020.

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    December 2, 2020

    Avoya Travel is introducing a feature in its technology platform that enables advisors to chat with clients via SMS text messages on their computers. The ability to message clients in different services, like WhatsApp, is expected to be available toward the end of next year. Avoya co-president Jeff Anderson introduced Avoya Conversations during the host agency's virtual conference Tuesday.

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    November 30, 2020

    Avoya Travel is set to kick off Part Two of its annual Avoya Conference, which takes place December 1-4, 2020, with a newly added pre-conference event on Monday, November 30. Understanding the financial difficulties travel agencies are experiencing due to the global pandemic and the importance of being prepared for the resumption of leisure travel in a post-COVID-19 world, Avoya said in a press announcement that it will offer attendance to Part Two of the conference to independent agencies in the Avoya Network free of charge.

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    November 17, 2020

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, just launched a new promotion offering travel agencies the ability to affiliate their businesses with Avoya as an Independent Agency at no cost. During this new limited-time promotion qualified agencies will have the normal $495 affiliation fee waived by Avoya.

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    November 3, 2020

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, concluded Part One of its annual Annual Conference, the first time Avoya has hosted the annual conference virtually, which spanned four days from October 19-22, 2020.

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    October 27, 2020

    Jeff Anderson, co-president of Avoya Travel, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about why his innovative host agency sees light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, when cruising will be back, how Avoya is positioned to get through the crisis, and how it is using new technology and marketing programs to help its independent agency affiliates deal with the downturn.

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    October 16, 2020

    Avoya Travel’s new Instant Commission 2.0 initiative aims to rally the travel industry around a new type of commission structure — one that gives travel advisors a portion of their supplier payout when a booking is made (called “booking commission”), followed by the rest of the payment at the time of travel (called “departure commission).

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    October 12, 2020

    Avoya Travel unveiled Avoya Smart Leads, a new optional lead category that focuses on past clients within the Live Leads system. Avoya Smart Leads “uses proprietary algorithms to identify and proactively alert an independent agency [as to] which of their past clients is the most likely to book a vacation next,” the company said.

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    September 18, 2020

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, recently launched an upgraded suite of marketing campaigns, collateral, and assets for the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™, easily accessible on the Avoya platform — the newly-established Avoya Marketing Resource Center™.

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    August 25, 2020

    Avoya Travel, one of the host travel agencies in the U.S., has announced it is changing the venue for its annual Avoya Conference to an online platform following the recent success of its first-ever Avoya Mastermind Virtual Land Forum. Originally scheduled to take place onboard the Celebrity Equinox Oct. 20-26, 2020, the 2020 Avoya Conference will now feature two separate events spanning eight total days, Oct. 19-22, 2020 and Dec. 1-4, 2020.

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    July 2, 2020

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, hosted its first-ever Avoya Mastermind Virtual Land Forum June 22 – 25, 2020. This successful event provided Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™ access to top land and destination suppliers, focusing on brand education, sales, and new safety protocols for resuming travel.

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    June 22, 2020

    Jeff Anderson, co-president of Avoya Travel, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about how his innovative host travel agency is helping its independent agency affiliates survive and how cruise lines and the rest of the travel industry can come back as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis.

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    February 13, 2020

    Avoya is kicking off 2020 with a win. The company took home top honors at the 6th Annual Travvy Awards. Avoya Travel once again took home the top prize in the category Best Host Agency. This is the 6th year in a row that this honor was bestowed upon Avoya.

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    February 10, 2020

    Sporting a fresh rebranding, Avoya Travel has officially opened its new Innovation Center in San Marcos, Calif., as part of its master plan to become the world’s No. 1 vacation platform. During the grand opening event in North County San Diego, I saw firsthand how much the company’s philosophy is centered around people and collaboration.

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    January 29, 2020

    From bright, airy new offices in San Marcos, CA, Avoya Travel execs last week gave a preview of their growth plans for the next 18 months to supplier partners, travel advisors and media representatives who were on hand to join in grand opening celebrations of the firm’s new “innovation center.”

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    January 14, 2020

    Avoya Travel’s most recent Avoya Network survey found that 95 percent of Avoya owners feel the company’s exclusive resources provide them with the means to save time and assist them with running their businesses more efficiently.

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    January 14, 2020

    Avoya Travel reveals that in a recent Avoya Network survey 95 percent of independent agency owners feel Avoya’s exclusive resources save them time and help to run their businesses more efficiently. The results are another proof point of the momentum behind Avoya’s 2025 growth plan, and have inspired a new marketing campaign titled “More Time” to position the Avoya Network as the best choice for entrepreneurs who want more control of their time and income potential.

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    December 2, 2019

    Avoya Travel® will host its 2020 Avoya Conference October 20 – 26 onboard the recently refurbished Celebrity Equinox. The Avoya Conference is set to celebrate the success of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™ and announce the next phase of Avoya’s 2025 plan.

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    October 4, 2019

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, has won three prestigious Travel Weekly 2019 Magellan Awards. The awards recognize Avoya’s innovation and overall leadership in the travel industry. The marketing and brand initiatives honored were products of Avoya 2025, the company’s ambitious growth plan to becoming the world’s number one vacation platform.

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    August 27, 2019

    It was truly an honor and an amazing experience to have been able to attend the Avoya Travel 2019 Conference at the Hyatt Regency Miami and then on board the newly revamped Navigator of the Seas, a Voyager Class Ship in the Royal Caribbean Fleet. I was nominated by my company partners to cover this event for Travel Professional NEWS and it was a spectacular experience.

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    August 21, 2019

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, will host its first-ever Land Forum. Held at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort August 27–29, 2019, the event will offer Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network product and sales education and networking opportunities with more than 50 land and destination supplier representatives.

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    August 5, 2019

    What will leisure travel distribution look like in 2025? How will consumers want to buy cruise vacations? Will today's processes change that dramatically in six years, and if they do, how can agencies prepare for what consumers might want? These are important questions, and they're driving a strategic initiative launched in 2018 by Fort Lauderdale-based host agency Avoya Travel, a leisure agency with an emphasis on cruise travel that lands at No. 28 on the 2019 Power List.

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    July 15, 2019

    There’s a new co-president, a new focus on land vacations, a new office, and new technology. But at Avoya Travel, the purpose is the same as ever: To enrich lives through inspiring travel experiences. The Anderson family business has just passed to the third generation, with Michael and Jeff as co-presidents. Brad now has joined Van as Avoya’s co-founders no longer running things day-by-day but never out of reach.

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    June 25, 2019

    Avoya Travel co-president Mike Anderson and Daniel Rego, vice president of business intelligence, the travel agency’s two top tech gurus, talk with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about Avoya Top Picks, a new initiative to deliver cruises with the best value to Avoya’s independent travel agency affiliates and their customers.

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    June 12, 2019

    Jeff Anderson and Mike Anderson, new co-presidents of host agency Avoya Travel, talk with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about the progress they've made with their team on Avoya 2025, a strategic plan launched last year that will roll out in five phases tying together Avoya's independent agencies, preferred partners and travelers. 

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    June 11, 2019

    Mike Anderson and Jeff Anderson, newly named as co-presidents of high-tech host agency Avoya Travel, talk with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about the transition in management from their father Brad and their Uncle Van, newly named as co-founders of the agency, and how they are taking Avoya into the next generation in technology and marketing. 

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    June 11, 2019

    When you sit down to speak with the Strategic Leadership team at Avoya Travel, the excitement over the incredible platform they’ve created for their Independent Agencies to succeed is not only palpable, it’s intoxicating. It’s easy to get swept up in their positive energy, and you leave the conversation rooting for their success, even if you are only an outsider looking in.

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    June 6, 2019

    Travel advisors from more than 400 independent agencies in the Avoya Travel network are attending the 12th annual Avoya Conference, which kicked off Sunday, June 2, at the Hyatt Regency Miami. After a two-day land conference—which included a tradeshow featuring more than 100 suppliers and keynote addresses from top cruise line executives—the event returned to sea for the first time since 2014 onboard the newly renovated Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas for a four-night Caribbean sailing, with attendees experiencing the recently opened Perfect Day at CocoCay.

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    June 3, 2019

    Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative host travel agencies, kicked off its 12th annual conference on June 2 with roughly 500 independent agencies in its network in attendance along with preferred suppliers and media. Indeed, the first Avoya conference general session began with a video parody of the Brady Bunch highlighting how the agency was founded by the late Pal and Pat Anderson, who were celebrated during the first evening event, and then taken to new heights by their children, Brad and Van Anderson.

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    April 18, 2019

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, announces several executive promotions, including both Jeff Anderson and Michael Anderson to Co-Presidents and Brad Anderson to Co-Founder. The company confidently makes the C-level management moves as part of its aggressive growth plan to become the number one vacation platform, which creates better vacation planning experiences for travelers, Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ and supplier partners.

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    April 5, 2019

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced the 2019 Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards. The awards identify individuals and organizations whose efforts and accomplishments represent a significant contribution to the cruise industry.

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    March 11, 2019

    Avoya Travel marked its best year in 2018 with the network experiences major increases in members, leads and sales. Among the causes for this growth, the travel company highlighted its new-to-travel program and its Live Lead system, a program matches new and existing customers with the most-suited agent.

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    February 22, 2019

    We are deeply saddened to share that Avoya Travel Chairman and Founder Pal Anderson passed away Sunday, February 10 at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Pat; his sons, Van and Brad; and his eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

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    January 24, 2019

    Avoya Travel took home two gold Travvy statues at travAlliancemedia’s annual awards ceremony, which took place on January 23, 2019, at Gotham Hall in New York City. The host agency took home honors for Best Host Agency as well as Best Host Agency Website, AvoyaTravel.com, during the fifth annual Travvy Awards.

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    January 16, 2019

    Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s most innovative travel brands, has been honored with Norwegian Cruise Line’s esteemed 2018 Online Partner of the Year award. The award acknowledges Avoya’s top sales achievements and its innovative customer experience that combines cutting-edge website technology and online search with the personalized service of expert travel professionals in the Avoya Network™.

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    December 19, 2018

    Avoya Travel recently released booking insights from its 2019 Wave Season Survey in which they asked agencies within the network to forecast sales and booking trends for the busy booking period starting in January.

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    December 4, 2018

    Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s most innovative travel brands, has been recognized by Travel Impressions, one of the country’s largest tour operators selling destinations worldwide, as a “Best of the Best” travel partner. The honor is bestowed on a limited number of agencies and consortia partners whose knowledge and expertise planning and executing memorable vacation experiences on behalf of clients has contributed to their status as a top performer for Travel Impressions.

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    November 28, 2018

    Wave season is right around the corner, and travel agents who prepare ahead of time to reach out to clients could have unprecedented success, starting the New Year off on the right foot professionally.  Avoya Travel has released its insights from the 2019 Wave Season Survey of the network’s top producing Independent Agencies and found that 80 percent have a plan to prepare their business for Wave, which is one of the busiest times for bookings in the industry. 

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    September 14, 2018

    Earlier this year, Avoya Travel rebranded its Mastermind Academy program and its August event, onboard the MSC Seaside wrapped in August with great success. Forty agents attended the event, which took place August 18-25, 2018, which was hosted by Tammie Richie, associate vice president of the Avoya Mastermind, who has more than 35 years of travel industry experience and more than 30 years as a sales and business coach.

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    August 14, 2018

    This August, Avoya Travel hosted the first-ever Avoya Travel Institute to give Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network exclusive networking with the company’s Diamond Level Preferred Suppliers. The Avoya Travel Institute was created as a reaction to feedback from Independent Agencies who wanted more in-person interaction with Avoya’s high-level supplier partners.

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    August 1, 2018

    Each and every year, Avoya Travel® hosts a spectacular conference bringing together Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™, supplier partners, and support staff for a few days of education, networking, and celebration. Last year, the annual event was located at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California, and this year it was held both on land and at sea from May 22 – 27.

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    July 18, 2018

    Avoya Travel announced Wednesday it has partnered with The Mark Travel Corporation to expand its product portfolio and accelerate growth. The deal will give Avoya access to new customer bases and make more resort vacations available to customers, which will enhance the consumer experience and increase sales opportunities for Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network.

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    June 4, 2018

    If you think it sounds like some kind of sci-fi movie, you’re not too far off. Host travel network Avoya Travel last month revealed its five-phase plan to become the number one vacation platform in travel by 2025—a goal it’s describing as its Mars mission.

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    June 1, 2018

    Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s most innovative travel brands, closed its annual Avoya Conference with big momentum as Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™, industry leaders, suppliers, and support staff celebrated continuing record sales and Network growth.

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    April 25, 2018

    Avoya Travel's Mastermind Academy has been rebranded and expanded. The program, which provides tailored education and support to travel agents, includes new courses and more dates. Avoya has updated the educational program due to its popularity with agents, who often repeat the courses.

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    April 9, 2018

    MSC Cruises USA has announced the honorees of the company’s fifth annual MSC True Partnerships’ Awards for travel agents. “We have an incredibly positive outlook for the coming year, and we are thankful to our incredible partners for their hard work and continued effort in propelling MSC Cruises forward,” said Joe Jiffo, senior vice president of sales, MSC Cruises USA.

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    March 29, 2018

    Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and Avoya Travel have partnered on a new professional development program targeted toward new-to-travel professionals who are affiliating with Avoya. The new educational series arms travel agents with knowledge about selling skills, customer service, cruising, geography and more through courses designed by CLIA.

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    January 25, 2018

    Travel agencies are a critical part of the travel experience, providing invaluable expertise and guidance. While the role of agencies may be evolving with technology, the knowledge and insight they offer is more critical than ever at a time when the amount of information available online to travelers is overwhelming.

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    January 24, 2018

    Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, shares how Independent Agency owner Janel Fidalgo turned her love for contemporary cruising into a $2 million a year business. Leveraging Avoya’s Live Leads™ program, group space, and Avoya exclusive deals, Janel has built an award-winning, top producing business.

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