Avoya Travel confirms successful completion of Avoya Travel Forum 2022

Why prices: The 2022 Aveoa Travelland Forum, the first hybrid event of Aveoa Travel, concluded successfully earlier this month, following the in-person segment at Hilton Cancun, an all-inclusive resort. One of the most amazing disclosures Avoya has made is that year-to-date resort sales have grown by a whopping 300% compared to 2019 numbers — Laurie Barati, co-author of TravelPulse

Avoya Travel recently concluded the 2022 Avoya Travel Land Forum, which took place approximately April 12-14 and included an in-person event May 1-4 at Hilton Cancun, an all-inclusive resort.

Hundreds of independent agencies participated in the Avoya Travel Network between virtual and in-person events that included sponsorship of nearly 40 of Avoya’s favorite partners on the ground, a wide range of networking opportunities, and a plethora of educational and professional development options.

The hybrid event featured informative and inspiring presentations by well-known travel suppliers in the wilderness vacation space, titled Jackie Marks, Executive Vice President, Commerce and B2B Sales at Apple Leisure Group Vacations; Barbara Hearn, USA Sales Director at Allianz Partners; Robin Basu, Senior Director, Travel Industry Partnerships, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau; And much more.

The positive energy and excitement of the Avoya Network members in attendance were visible and tangible and fueled in part by the many improvements and initiatives within the Avoya Vacations platform that were announced at the hybrid event. Noteworthy developments include greater integration of hotels and resorts within Avoya’s SaaS technology, Agent Power, the recent upgrade of the wilderness vacation search engine on AvoyaTravel.com, an increase in preferred land partners and optional resources for selling vacation land, and more.

Avoya also shared compelling figures during the event’s plenary sessions indicating the success of Avoya’s massive expansion in vacation offerings on land and a significant increase in vacation on land business compared to 2019. Among the numbers shared was an 80% increase in commissions based on Annual – Resort sales to date compared to 2019 figures, plus a 300% increase in sales from direct, patented offerings to resort suppliers who attended the Avoya Travel Land Forum. Avoya noted that 57% of YTD land reservation sales are new customers for Avoya, indicating significant growth in the Avoya land book business.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts hosted the in-person event, applauding the success of the event and the incredible vibrancy and enthusiasm of Avoya Network. “Avoya Travel has set its intentions to significantly grow our land vacation portfolio in 2018 as part of our 2025 plan to be the premier vacation platform,” said Ashley Hunter, Senior Vice President of Partnerships at Avoea Travel. “As a company, we have made great strides to grow our business on the ground and forged new partnerships with amazing brands such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts. We have been encouraged by the Avoya Network’s appetite for selling land vacations, the net promoter results we see from travelers on these products, and the relationships that have developed with suppliers over the years. The landside aspect of Avoya’s business has been a huge contributing factor to Avoya’s continued success throughout the pandemic, and we are invested in continuing to expand our reach and build more business in this segment of leisure travel.”

Strong networking opportunities for the event were another component of programming that was praised by independent agencies and preferred Avoya partners alike. Throughout the virtual event, attendees had the option to make one-on-one appointments with travel suppliers and other independent agencies, engage in “speed dating” with event sponsors to encourage more diverse networking, and attend a large trade fair featuring virtual travel supplier booths. All this was in addition to the cocktail parties designed to provide a casual atmosphere for networking, socializing and relationship building. Networking opportunities continued in the in-person event as attendees participated in supplier roundtables to learn more about the various sponsoring brands, dine on property to learn about resort offerings and facilitate personal and small group interactions, nightly cocktail parties, and exclusive tequila and mezcal tastings hosted by Hilton Hotels & Resorts. .

A key element of the in-person portion of the event were experiential learning opportunities where independent agencies were encouraged to explore the all-new Hilton Cancun property to become more familiar with the product and all-inclusive resort experience; Attendees also had the opportunity to visit the much-anticipated Waldorf Astoria Cancun nearby. The hugely popular scavenger hunt game gave attendees an interactive and engaging activity to discover all that the Hilton Cancun Resort has to offer. In addition, Avoya has obtained free or deeply discounted FAMs at several hotels in the Cancun/Riviera Maya area for independent agencies that have chosen to take advantage of the earlier and later options, enhancing their expertise in the resort space.

Independent agencies attending the 2022 Avoya Travel Land Forum were excited to try out some of the products highlighted at the event and expand their knowledge about holiday land selling. “The knowledge and experience we shared with our supplier partners and other independent agencies during this event, in a space where I can focus 100% on my business without any distractions, is truly invaluable,” said Carri Kersten, owner of Carri Kersten Travel Design. LLC, a member of the Avoya Network. “Pre-FAM with AMR Collection and Apple Leisure Group Vacations was a great opportunity to experience the wide range of all-inclusive resorts that travelers have to offer. As a consultant, there is no better way to learn about a product than to get your feet on the ground at the intended destination, and there is no better way. To market these holidays from your customers seeing you there experiencing it in person.”

In an effort to continue its focus on expanding the holiday business on the grounds and helping the independent agencies in the Avoya network increase their sales, Avoya owns the hybrid Avoya Immersion Academy that takes place roughly from June 1 to 2, 2022 with an in-person event at Dreams Onyx Resort and Spa and Dreams Royal Beach Punta Cana from June 6-11, 2022, as well as the new Avoya Virtual Hotel event from July 12-14, 2022.

For more information, visit avoyanetwork.com.

source: Avoya Travel press release.

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