Avoya's love of travel and commitment to independent travel professionals has not wavered. Our purpose is to provide you with unmatched resources and services so you can maximize your business potential and find success. Although we can’t predict when this global challenge will end, we know that it will end. The travel industry is resilient, people will never stop traveling - it's in our nature to crave adventure, experiences, and make memories - and when they’re ready to start exploring again, we'll be here to help you plan and book vacations of a lifetime.
Despite the difficulty we as travel professionals are facing together, Avoya is in awe of the incredible positivity and hope that Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™ are instilling through the exceptional service provided to their clients.
Current Industry Landscape
You may be wondering “Is now the best time to be a travel agent?” As we navigate through these uncharted waters together, let's remember that adversity breeds opportunity and innovation. Here are a few things to consider during this time:
During this time of uncertainty, it's only natural to be thinking about the stability and future of your independent travel business. Whether you’re an experienced travel advisor looking to use your entrepreneurial energy and become your own boss, or you already have an established travel business but are in it alone, or even if you’re already part of a host network, if you are in need of a support system, we're here for you.
Let us help you provide your business with the resources and services you deserve. If you're not getting the support you need from your current network or host, reach out to us and find out how we can help.
Focus on nurturing existing client relationships
Fine tune your business processes and foundation
Hone your selling skills
Stay up to date in the current environment and on products and destinations in your niche
Revisit your current network’s offerings and support – are they meeting your business needs? Are they stable? If not, take the opportunity to research and find a better fit while you have the time
We understand that starting a new business can be a difficult and challenging process in the best of situations, and with the impact that the ongoing crisis has had on the travel industry, we are temporarily pausing our new-to-travel-program. Although we don't know for certain how long this pause will last, we encourage you to reach out to us so that we may notify you once the program reopens and provide you with resources in the meantime. We continue to monitor this fluid situation and look forward to once again assisting those with a strong entrepreneurial spirit for the travel industry.
Although we are currently pausing applications for entrepreneurs and travel agencies that are new to the industry, here are some things to keep in mind during this time.
It can take a few months to get your business set up and get the foundational industry knowledge
Focus on building your business foundation and strategy
Take the time to figure out what you want to specialize in
Educate yourself on those products and destinations
Research and find a network or host to partner with to maximize your business potential so you are ready for the pent-up traveler demand
How is Avoya Supporting Travel Agents?
With over 50 years of industry experience, Avoya remains fully operational with the industry's highest support ratio of over 170 agency support staff, ensuring that we're able to provide more assistance to the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network when they need it most. As one of the industry's most innovative brands, we continue to provide them with award-winning professional development, technology, and marketing resources, including the most successful travel lead generation program, Live Leads™. Avoya also continues to pay commissions weekly (as received by vendors) by direct deposit and offers an Instant Commission™ program, helping Independent Agencies get paid sooner during this time of uncertainty.
During these unprecedented times, it's essential to have a support system. As a member in the Avoya Travel Network™, you’ll never be alone. Whether you're an established travel advisor with years of experience looking for a stable and supportive environment or are new to the travel industry and are interested in starting your own home-based travel business, or just simply want to talk, contact us today to find out how we can help.
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