adds 21 Canadian agencies since May

TORONTO — continues to expand its Canadian membership with the addition of 21 new member agencies since May 2013.

This brings the total number of new members to 75 for the year.

New member agencies joining Canada-wide since May include: Aces Travel; Bains Travel; Bowen Travel Inc.; Canadian Travelteam; Delta Tours & Travel Dba Charming Holidays (2); Destinations at SAIT; Dreams Choice Vacations and Cruise; Fehr-Way Tours; Globe Connect Holidays; Hooked on Travel; HSK Travel Specialists Inc.; Jet Set Vacations (2); Lets Talk Travel N Tours Ltd.; Liz Moore Destination Weddings Ltd; Travel Gurus; Vacation Your Way.

Shamin Shariff, owner/operator of HSK Travel Specialists in West Vancouver, recently joined upon recommendation of Vancouver-based BDM Sue Urie. Shariff was attracted by being a member while being able to retain her own identity, which was of utmost importance to her.

“The wide variety of tools and programs such as the SIRRVA booking platform offered by helped us to create a robust website for our savvy and sophisticated client base. We also recognize the importance of having access to and supporting’s preferred suppliers. Shortly after joining we closed a huge Viking River Cruise sale that led to an immediate increase in commission for us, impacting our bottom line in a very positive way.”

Christine James, Vice President Canada for, claims a bull’s-eye approach and the continued availability of training enhancements being offered are essential to recruiting more new members throughout 2013. “We create a unique value proposition for every agency and can demonstrate how’s enhanced commissions would impact their bottom line,” said James. The first step for an agency considering membership is to visit and try the Benefits Calculator. After entering four basic numbers, an agency owner can determine the financial impact in the first year of membership.

“The value of a membership is significant, and the industry continues to take notice,” added James. “Members receive access to the SIRRVA booking platform, which displays preferred suppliers and provides member agencies with a top-notch online tool. Our award-winning Engagement direct mail and e-mail program continues to drive clients to their agency with exclusive travel offers.  And our training team is dedicated to providing our members with information and tools to help them thrive and grow their business.”

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