BY SPECIALIZING IN PRODUCTS THEY LOVE Avoya’s Exclusive Resources Help Travel Professionals Provide Unmatched Service and Earn Top Sales Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – July 18, 2017 – Avoya Travel®, the travel industry’s most innovative brand, is empowering Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ to earn above average incomes by supporting specialization and encouraging business owners to sell the travel products they love. The company’s unique combination of innovative marketing and patented Live Leads™ program with industry-best Avoya Network support resources and exclusive education is helping Independent Agencies connect with customers and provide superior expertise and value. “At Avoya Travel we encourage specialization because it enables travel professionals to make greater sales, and it allows them to hone their expertise, work more efficiently, and ultimately offer customers better service and insider knowledge that isn’t always available through ‘generalist’ travel agents,” said Brad Anderson, President of Avoya Travel. “Avoya Travel is proud to support Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network in selling what they love by offering resources and programs, such as Live Leads and professional education, in as many or few unique specialties they choose.” Within the Avoya Network, some Independent Agencies opt to focus on just a couple of niche specialties to grow sales. Here are the stories of two prosperous ‘Super Specialists’ that sell their favorite products with confidence and offer consumers true insider knowledge: Dina Dini, owner of Dina Dini Travel LLC, runs a successful business by specializing in rail travel. Bored in retirement after a 20-year executive career in the airline industry, she opened Dina Dini Travel LLC in 2015 as a new Independent Agency in the Avoya Network and chose to focus on one specialty, Amtrak Vacations. “With Avoya Travel, I have the opportunity to learn whatever I want, but focusing on one specialty was a great way to get started in travel,” said Dini.“Rail travel is a very niche product and with Avoya Travel’s variety of resources I feel supported in building a business selling what I love.” Dini learned the Amtrak Vacation product inside and out and has also taken Amtrak vacations to gather first-hand experience to share with customers. She credits Avoya’s exclusive Live Leads and Mastermind Program™ for helping her to build a strong independent business and to have the confidence to provide the best experience and value to her rail travel clients. “By opting into Avoya Live Leads, I have never had to worry about getting a new customer because there are enough new leads offered exclusively to my business to keep me busy selling Amtrak Vacations,” Dini shares. “In addition, Avoya Travel’s Mastermind Program has been invaluable because the quality business coaching and development resources I receive as part of my membership in the Avoya Network help me reach my goals and would otherwise cost a lot of money.” Abbey Mopsick, owner of Abbey’s World Travel LLC, has been in the travel business for 20 years and has sold a lot of products as the industry has evolved. She opened her Independent Agency and affiliated with the Avoya Network in 2012, and last year achieved nearly $2 million in sales with just three product specialties: CIE Tours, Globus family of brands, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.“My sales success is a result of focusing on a select number of products and really getting to know them inside and out so that I can easily tell customers about all the cruises, tours, and itineraries from first-hand experiences,” said Mopsick. “Through Avoya Travel’s optional Mastermind Program, I was able to get professional advice on the benefits of narrowing down my specialties, as well as connect with other success-minded travel professionals, and learn new ideas and techniques. Avoya Travel’s Live Leads and the comradery of the support staff have enabled me to reach the sales goals I set for my independent business.” Avoya offers modern, success-minded travel professionals several advantages, ranging from the company’s unrivaled support, technology, and resources, including its patented Live Leads program that successfully matches specialty-based Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network with vacation-seeking clients. In addition, Avoya offers other optional professional development, including exclusive vendor education and the Avoya Mastermind Program. The Mastermind Program provides Avoya Network members access to small group learning and virtual one-on-ones, best practices on business systems, vendor specialization, and more. For more information on how Independent Agencies can live a lifestyle of success with Avoya, please visit www.JoinAvoya.com. 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, 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 and travel partners recognize this, as 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. Today, Avoya is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with support offices throughout the United States. 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 800-357-2261 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.
February 8th, 2018 – Global online parking reservation provider, ParkCloud, has broken into a new market, announcing Canada as the 42nd country available to customers booking through its extensive global network. ParkCloud is now able to offer its online parking reservation services to customers travelling from Canada’s largest and busiest airport – Toronto Pearson International Airport. Passengers parking up at the airport’s self park covered garages at both terminal 1 and 3 will now be able to reserve their parking space before they travel, with 24-hour access and electric vehicle charging capabilities available. Additionally, customers choosing the value park garage will also benefit from ParkCloud’s pre-bookable service, which boasts fast, free terminal link train transfers to terminal 1 and 3 and is a favoured option for travellers parking for an extended period. ParkCloud’s partnership to offer its parking reservation services to the airport’s 44 million annual passengers has been agreed via U.S airport parking company, Park ’N Fly. Mark Pegler, Managing Director at ParkCloud, said: “The scope to develop our network across Canada is really considerable and it’s an exciting time to be breaking into this market. “We’re very much looking forward to the challenge of growing from such a strong start point as Toronto Pearson International Airport and bringing the convenience ParkCloud’s services can offer to more people travelling from Canada.” Bookings from Toronto Pearson International Airport are now available; visit www.parkcloud.com for more information. About ParkCloud ParkCloud, simply put, lets drivers book a parking space in advance, in the same way as it’s possible to do with hotel rooms, restaurant tables…and even a coffee these days. When travelling, parking is usually the last thing on anybody’s mind, but research shows that as much as 20 minutes is wasted when searching for a parking space. ParkCloud aims to solve that problem by letting customers make a parking booking, whether they are getting on a plane, taking a cruise, catching a train, or visiting a city or event. ParkCloud was founded in 2008 as an online parking reservation service and within the 10 years we’ve been operating our success and growth has been rapid; we’ve gone from our three founders to employ over 20 members of staff; from one country to over 40; and from two languages to over 20 – and we don’t plan on slowing down. Today we are an award-winning, global provider, working with car park operators across 40 countries to include them on our comparison search engine, which aims to give consumers the most user friendly, efficient service possible when they need it most. This bookable parking network is also made available to travel industry partners to help complete the itineraries of passengers worldwide.
Canada Bond yields for Wednesday as of 4 p.m. (previous day in brackets):One-month: 0.63Three-month: 0.77Six-month: 0.91One-year: 1.075Two-year: 1.195Five-year: 1.50610-year: 1.8830-year: 2.236Interest rates:Prime rate: 2.70%Overnight lending rate: 0.75%