Avoya Travel Pivots to Online Platform for 2020 Avoya Conference

Avoya Travel | August 25, 2020

Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, has announced they are changing the “venue” for their annual Avoya Conference to an online platform following the recent success of their first-ever Avoya Mastermind Virtual Land Forum. Originally scheduled to take place onboard the Celebrity Equinox October 20-26, 2020, the 2020 Avoya Conference will now feature two separate events spanning eight total days, October 19-22, 2020 and December 1-4, 2020. The two-part Conference was adapted to an online platform to protect the health and safety of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network, Avoya Travel’s staff, and Avoya’s preferred supplier partners considering the current environment.

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With close to 2.5 million people commuting into Tokyo on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that the city’s famous Shibuya Crossing can sometimes feel like an all-out scramble. But with Tokyo’s bustling culture and nearby natural landmarks, like Mount Fuji, Japan truly is a one-of-kind experience.

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With close to 2.5 million people commuting into Tokyo on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that the city’s famous Shibuya Crossing can sometimes feel like an all-out scramble. But with Tokyo’s bustling culture and nearby natural landmarks, like Mount Fuji, Japan truly is a one-of-kind experience.

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