New Independent Agencies Are Joining at Fastest Pace in More Than 10 Years Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – February 14, 2017 – Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies, is pleased to announce that new Independent Agencies are joining the Avoya Travel Network at the fastest pace in more than a decade. As a result, Avoya had the best sales year in company history and more importantly, Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network are becoming more successful. Interest in joining the Avoya Network from both seasoned travel professionals and new-to-travel entrepreneurs has never been higher. The number of new Independent Agencies affiliating with the Avoya Network in the fourth quarter of 2016 was up 100% over the same period in 2015, and the high Network growth is continuing with January 2017 up 175% compared to January 2016. The strong interest in the Avoya Network can be attributed to Avoya’s award-winning Shared Success™ model, its reputation for Integrity and Professionalism™, and it actively driving and promoting the resurgence in the belief by both customers and suppliers that travel agents provide unique value to the planning and booking of vacations and cruises. Avoya’s Let’s Reimagine Vacation Planning Together™ and Beyond the Web® brand campaigns have been very effective in promoting travel professionals as a modern, valuable necessity to the vacation booking process, and this message is integrated into Avoya’s new www.JoinAvoya.com. Avoya is known for constant innovation and has a long track record of providing more and more opportunities for Independent Agencies to deliver customers better value, while at the same time increasing their sales to levels far above industry averages. Several developments were recently introduced to increase the success of Independent Agencies and contributed to the record Avoya Network growth: Avoya enhanced professional educational programs and its Avoya University™, which have helped Independent Agency owners grow their businesses even faster. · The company helped new member agencies to more quickly and easily begin claiming and booking Live Leads™ (an optional Avoya exclusive program). · Avoya recently launched its Agency Marketing Platform (AMP) that offers Independent Agencies a proven marketing solution is increasing sales by up to 54%. “In 2016 Avoya Travel and the Avoya Travel Network had a banner year, our best ever by any measure,” said Brad Anderson, President of Avoya Travel. “Avoya Travel is very proud that we’re bringing more new-to-travel entrepreneurs into the industry to realize the amazing opportunities 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.” About Avoya Travel: Avoya Travel is a family-owned company with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years, and their largest seller of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. Cruise lines recognize this. Avoya 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, and more. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.