Avondale Travel President makes prestigious list of Travel Agent's 30Under30

Top Quote Leigh Elizabeth Bryan named to prestigious travel industry list for emerging leaders. End Quote
  • Jacksonville, FL (1888PressRelease) October 12, 2016 - Leigh Elizabeth Bryan, president of Avondale Travel, has been included in the list of Travel Agent's 9th Annual 30Under30. This is a prestigious distinction for those in the travel industry. It features the very best of the next generation of travel advisors who have found new ways to communicate with their clients and other industry professionals through multiple platforms. Nominees for Travel Agent's 30Under30 must be employed at any level as a travel consultant, have completed a significant project for his or her travel agency and be recognized as an emerging leader.

    "It is such an honor to be included in this list and it is something I have worked hard to achieve," said Bryan. "I appreciate everyone who has helped me along the way and thank everyone for the love and support they have shown to me and Avondale Travel."

    Bryan, 29, grew up in the travel business. Her father originally opened Avondale Travel Bureau in 1974, which expanded and grew to 48 offices before he sold it in 1989. He kept one office, Orange Park Travel, which Bryan joined in 2013. When Bryan joined the agency, it had only three employees and was close to closing its doors. Bryan helped to reorganize the agency and rebrand it back to Avondale Travel with two offices, eight full-time employees and six independent contractors.

    Bryan graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in marketing and worked in a small business marketing company prior to joining the travel industry. Her experience in sales, marketing and customer relations management has helped her flourish as president of Avondale Travel. Bryan has also traveled extensively, which has given her firsthand knowledge of many of the locations she is booking for her clients.

    Bryan believes utilizing social media is vital to a modern day travel advisor. She uses the platforms to reach millennials by posting pictures of her personal experiences, providing reviews of destinations and offering suggestions for travel options.

    When Bryan isn't booking exquisite vacations for her clients, she is very involved in the local community. She currently sits on the Episcopal School of Jacksonville Alumni Board and participates in activities with Women Business Owners.

    About Avondale Travel
    Avondale Travel builds unforgettable experiences for travelers. The company's advisors bring a wealth of knowledge to the agency and have all traveled extensively to nearly every part of the world. Throughout the more than 40 years in business, they have made connections and forged relationships with the world's best properties and travel resources. They can deliver unparalleled travel experiences that clients may not get from other agencies. For more information, visit www.avondaletravel.com.

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