Travel agents closed out 2006 with a bang, according to ARC’s year-end report. The figures show that travel agents remitted $77.8 billion worth of sales through ARC last year, up 10% from the $70.5 billion remitted in 2005.

ARC said sales volume for 2006 "reached levels not seen since 2000." However, full year-end sales have yet to eclipse the $83 billion rung up by agencies in 2000, a banner year for the industry.

The average sales per agency location rose 13% to $54,527, partly due to the fact that the overall number of ARC-accredited locations fell 6% to 20,790. Of that, retail locations accounted for 19,026, down 5% year over year.

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