AVC pledges another $1M in Travel Agent Stimulus Plan

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*logoAmerica's Vacation Center has committed another $1 million to assist the travel agency community as part of its Travel Agent Stimulus Plan.

The host agency in March rolled out the plan with an initial $1 million allocated to lowering start-up costs for travel professionals wishing to launch their own agencies and to additional marketing support for existing independent affiliates.

"Since launching the Travel Agent Stimulus Plan, we have had overwhelming success and response from the travel industry," said a spokeswoman for AVC, No. 48 on Travel Weekly's 2008 Power List

"In addition to keeping the 80% decreased start-up costs for professionals for a limited time, [AVC's plan] will continue to increase its consumer marketing to generate even more Live Leads as well as more sales and commissions than ever before," she added.

Start-up costs under the stimulus plan are $95.

The Live Leads program constitutes the primary source of bookings for the agency's current network. The leads are from well-qualified customers offered exclusively to America's Vacation Center independent affiliates via the phone and Internet using the firm's Agent Power technology platform.

"Available 24/7, Live Leads enable professional sellers of travel to focus on selling, generating profits and living a lifestyle of success. 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," the agency said in a statement.

Sporting the message "Together We Thrive," the stimulus plan also includes an increased financial commitment by America's Vacation Center to provide live agency support for independent affiliates, and vendor and entrepreneurial-related training programs.

AVC is part of the American Express Travel Representative Network. Agents can learn more online at www.joinavc.com/agent-stimulus.

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