TTG - Travel Trade Gazette
For Smarter, Better, Fairer Travel
Search
User Menu
Remember me

New to TTG?

Hello! You are viewing your 1 free guest article this week


Please log in or join now for free, immediate and unlimited access to our award-winning online content. Find out more...

Join us
Already a member? Log in here

Indie travel agents 'always remain relevant'

Indie travel agents 'always remain relevant'

However, Lee Hunt, managing director of Deben Travel, said the measures would “only go so far” to offset the impact of factors like the ban on payment card surcharging.


He said the business rate relief would likely save his business around £1,500 a year across its two Woodbridge stores, Deben Travel and Cruise Ready.

 

“It’s a sizeable chunk of money to go on the bottom line," he said. "We’ve never had a cut before so I’m waiting to see the finer details. I hope it all comes off.


“It’s a good news budget but with card charges still having a big impact, it can only go so far. We’re lucky in Woodbridge there a strong campaign around our high street - about 80% of our shops are independent - so we can really see the benefit of Future High Streets Fund. Having a thriving high street brings in customers from all around the area.


“The news about apprenticeships is very welcome too. We’ve have great success with apprentices over the years and a lot of us came into travel that way.”


Gary Lewis, chief executive of The Travel Network Group, added: “UK high streets have been significantly disadvantaged in recent years - [this] budget has at least given some positive news to all those businesses trading in what can only be described as challenging conditions.


“The great thing about independent travel agents is they have continued to reinvest in themselves to remain relevant, and they do this better than any other sector. We all want successful high streets we can be proud of, so any investment in the high street and its appearance has to be good news for our members.”

Our Next Events

TTG Luxury Travel Summit

TTG Luxury Travel Summit

Luxpo London

Luxpo London

TTG New to Cruise Festival

TTG New to Cruise Festival

TTG Luxury Travel Awards

TTG Luxury Travel Awards

TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies

TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies

TTG Travel Awards

TTG Travel Awards

TTG - Travel Trade Gazette
For Smarter, Better, Fairer Travel
TTG Media Limited.
Place of registration: England and Wales.
Company number 08723341.
Registered address: New Bridge Street House, 30-34 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6BJ