America's Vacation Center (AVC) said the company will commit another $1 million to assist the travel agency community as a part of its Travel Agent Stimulus Plan. AVC launched the Travel Agent Stimulus Plan in March 2009 to assist professional sellers of travel, including current home-based, store-front, or call center travel agents who join AVC. The move decreased the startup costs for professionals to launch their own travel agency by 80 percent.
The plan also includes a pledge by AVC to significantly increase its consumer marketing to generate Live Leads, which are the primary source of bookings for its current network. Live Leads are available for new Independent Affiliates to grow their businesses. AVC said the initial $1 million has already been spent in part to produce these Live Leads. A considerable amount of the additional $1 million will be allocated to generate more sales and commissions.
Live Leads are well-qualified customers offered exclusively to AVC’s Independent Affiliates via the phone and Internet using patent-pending technology. Available 24/7, Live Leads enable professional sellers of travel to focus on selling, generating profits, and living a lifestyle of success, AVC says.
“Unlike other lead programs that force several travel agents to undercut each other for the same customer, America's Vacation Center's exclusive Live Leads are superior because each customer is only offered to one travel professional at a time, based on their areas of expertise,” AVC says.
"Affiliating with America's Vacation Center was the best thing I could have done for my independent travel business," said Francine Verronneau, an Independent Affiliate who joined after the launch of the Travel Agent Stimulus Plan. "I now have Live Leads at my fingertips, cutting-edge technology which has improved my customer service, the power of the America's Vacation Center and American Express brands, and more. This experience has been better than I could have imagined and I look forward to watching my business' income continue to skyrocket."
The Travel Agent Stimulus Plan is one of many benefits that AVC offers. This includes live agency support for Independent Affiliates; selling advantages through over 25,000 cruise cabins and tour seats of blocked group space; an extensive library of vendor and entrepreneurial-related training; worldwide brand recognition with American Express and access to AVC's Agent Power technology platform.