A number of travel agency networks, franchises and host agencies have nabbed some major industry awards and certifications.
Avoya Travel received the 2018 American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award, marking the eighteenth consecutive year it has been so honored. The award recognizes Avoya, as well as the independent agencies in the Avoya Network, as one of the top 25 producers of preferred cruise and tour supplier sales in the American Express Representative Travel Network. Avoya will be honored at American Express’ Representative Excellence celebratory event held April 26 to May 4, 2019, onboard the Regent Seven Seas Voyager in the Greek Islands.
Travel Leaders Network, meanwhile, was recognized as “Visionary Partner” of the year by Universal Orlando Resort during the resort’s Third Annual Universal Sales Partner Awards ceremony that took place at the property this month. The company said that it was selected in part because it consistently demonstrates exemplary training programs, and because its travel advisors are passionate about developing their sales skills to promote the resort.
Finally, this week Dream Vacations reported that its vice president of operations, Joelle Delva, has completed a multi-year continuing education program by the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Institute for Certified Franchise Executives. She has earned the designation of a certified franchise executive (CFE), joining Dream Vacations Director of Recruitment Janet Harris. The CFE program aims to enhance the professionalism of franchising by certifying the highest standards of quality training and education. To complete the program, prospects must earn 3,500 CFE credits, which can be accumulated by having tenure in the franchise industry, completing continuing education programs, actively participating in IFA events and successfully passing a final exam. Dream Vacations says that it is the only home-based travel agency franchise to have CFE representation on its leadership team.