Club Med’s Sandpiper Bay resort will host premier trade event for Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network, suppliers, and industry leaders Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – May 2, 2016 – Today, Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s leading travel companies, kicked off the 9th staging of the Avoya Travel Annual Conference at Club Med’s Sandpiper Bay resort in St. Lucia, Florida. Over 450 Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network, suppliers, Avoya executives, and industry leaders are expected to attend this year’s event which will focus on innovation and building on the record sales of Independent Agencies. Notable keynote speakers include Xavier Mufraggi, CEO at Club Med; Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President of Sales at Royal Caribbean; and Dondra Ritzenhaler, Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support & Service at Celebrity Cruises. “Our Annual Conference offers an exciting platform for travel professionals, suppliers, industry leaders, and media to meet, share ideas and learn about our innovative programs and resources that have enabled the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network to have another record year of sales and success,” said Brad Anderson, President of Avoya Travel. During the five day Avoya Conference, travel professionals, suppliers, industry leaders, and key media will meet face-to-face-to discuss business and participate in dynamic workshops, educational programs, Independent Agency and executive cruise panels, a preferred partner tradeshow, and valuable networking events. Avoya will announce new technology designed to further increase the success of Independent Agencies and to improve the vacation planning experience for customers. The Avoya Travel Conference will also celebrate the record-setting profits of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network as well as Avoya’s continued leadership as an innovator in the travel industry. In addition, the Avoya Conference will feature favorite events such as the Chairman’s Cocktail Party and a dinner in honor of Avoya’s founding family, Pat and Pal Anderson, to celebrate the Anderson family. In true Avoya spirit, participants will also have the opportunity to give back to the community through Hunger Fight, a north-Florida organization that provides meals to children and families in need. About Avoya TravelAvoya Travel has a long-standing reputation for being one of the world’s largest and most innovative travel companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 25 years, 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. For 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.