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Travel Agency Fora Raises $13.5 Million With Aim to Attract More Prospective Agents

2 months ago

Fora, a New York-based travel agency that launched last year, announced on Thursday it raised $13.5 million.

Venture capital companies Heartcore Capital and Forerunner co-led the Series A funding. Fora, which has raised a total of $18.5 million to date, aims to use the funding to invest heavily in infrastructure, including its own booking management system. Co-founder Evan Frank said the funds will also help the company recruit more prospective travel agents, as nearly half of U.S. travelers plan to use agents coming out of the pandemic. Fora estimates that 97 percent of its roughly 500 advisors had never previously sold travel.

“We are looking to create an environment to empower thousands — hundreds of thousands — of people to participate in the travel industry in a way not previously was not possible,” said Frank. “We want to welcome the next 100,000 travel agents into the industry.”

Travel Agents

Expedia Group Launches New Rewards Program for U.S. Travel Advisors

2 months ago

Expedia Group announced on Thursday it’s launching a new rewards program exclusively for U.S.-based travel advisors in its Travel Agent Affiliate Program (TAAP).

Travel advisors enrolled in the program can earn reward points on eligible bookings on the Expedia TAAP U.S. site. They can redeem points and claim preferred gift cards, track the rewards points balance at any time, and be eligible for future reward earning opportunities through promotions. In addition, advisors earn one reward point for every dollar spent on lodging, with the points available to be redeemed one week after the trip is completed.   

“TAAP is a program full of constant innovation and exciting opportunities that are designed to help advisors offer once in a lifetime travel experiences to their clients,” said Expedia Group’s TAAP Director Phoebe Bush.

“Advisors are an integral part of the travel industry ecosystem. We hope that our TAAP exclusive incentives and rewards for U.S. travel agents will help advisors maximize their revenue and enjoy some extra perks for their hard work.”

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