The Global Travel Group has seen business rise by 20% so far this year against the previous, with the consortium also welcoming 33 new businesses into the fold during 2018.
Delivering a business update to delegates at the consortium’s conference in Orlando, managing director Andy Stark said the group was in “better shape and better positioned” than it was last year.
“We’ve had a great performance,” he told members and suppliers.
The new additions brings the group’s membership to a total of more than 350 businesses.
Stark also hailed the work of Global’s recently reorganised and expanded business development team, under the leadership of Darren Bond.
In September, the consortium reshuffled its sales force, splitting its team across three regions - north, south and a newly-formed central area - rather than just two, north and south.
Ex-Attraction World key account manager Amanda Schofield joined as business development manager for Global’s central region, while Sarah Ryan of Veranda Leisure and Hospitality took the same role in the south.
They have since reported into Bond, who was promoted to head of sales and business development.
Global also appointed Stephen Taylor, formerly of First Class Holidays, in the newly-created role of business support development manager.
Stark described the changes and investment of Global in its member support as “an absolute no brainer” given the increase in agent members.
“We’re growing really nicely and we are bringing more people onto the high street so we want to give as much help as we can,” he said.
“It’s a big investment but one we absolutely needed to do and the initial results have been great and I’m delighted for Darren and the team."
“We’ve seen recently some companies in the industry reducing their sales teams but that’s not us and we want to support our members.”