Destinology’s new managing director Ryan Johnston has spoken of the brand’s “bright future” after its purchase by Brooklyn Travel Holdings.
Johnston, who was revealed as Destinology’s new boss earlier this week, has worked for several leading travel brands including Airtours, Gold Medal and most recently World Travel Holdings, where he was sales and operations director.
“Destinology is a wonderful brand, and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead a fantastic team in Bolton,” said Johnston.
“Brooklyn Travel’s commitment to providing high-quality products through world-class service aligned perfectly with my own values and experience. Destinology has a very bright future, and I look forward to the journey ahead.”
Johnston’s appointment was confirmed by Brooklyn Travel’s chief executive Duncan Wilson following Brooklyn’s purchase of Destinology from previous owner Saga.
Wilson added: “Destinology has forged an enviable and unrivalled reputation based on outstanding customer service which has always been reinforced by offering magnificent luxury products at the top end of the market.
“We intend, and are fully committed to, developing and further enhancing that reputation, with Ryan key to the implementation of our aspirations which will see Destinology restored to its former glory.”
Wilson said that Johnston’s appointment was part of Brooklyn’s growth strategy for its long-haul business.
Brooklyn, which is the parent company of Scottish agency chain Stewart Travel, also owns Canterbury Travel, Villa Select, CruiseKings, Scotland’s Cruise Centre, GolfKings and My Canada Trips.
Wilson said Destinology would remain based in Bolton and could become the “base for future businesses acquired by the group”.
“As and when we find other things in the north of England we will probably base them in the same place. We will undoubtedly acquire other businesses in the next year or so,” added Wilson.
“We are looking for solid, viable businesses. We are interested in cruise; there are a number of cruise distributors who may feel they are not in a position to carry on or need assistance.”