Travel Counsellors has smashed its full-year sales record and recorded its 17th consecutive year of double-digit growth.
The homeworking giant’s total transactions for 2019 surpassed £650 million for the first time in its 25-year history.
The business also saw a 20% increase in people travelling over the festive period, and 14% increase in those choosing to book their 2020 breaks during December.
Popular December destinations included the US, south east Asia and the Caribbean, while full-year favourites included Florida, Dubai, Mexico and the Indian Ocean.
Travel Counsellors has also taken on more than 50 former Thomas Cook employees who were left facing an uncertain future when the iconic operator collapsed in September.
“2019 has been another record-breaking year for Travel Counsellors, marking the company’s 25th year in business and 17th consecutive year of double-digit growth," said Travel Counsellors chief executive Steve Byrne.
Byrne added the general election had not dampened end-of-year bookings, and stressed he anticipated increasing interest in non-Eurozone destinations as customers seek greater value for money.
Travel Counsellors now has more than 1,900 homeworkers on its books across seven countries. New business owners increased 21% during 2019, including more than 50 after the collapse of Thomas Cook.
Byrne said Travel Counsellors had experienced a 12% increase year-on-year in new starters from a tour operating background, as well as a growing number of professionals signing out from outside travel.
“With 20% of our business owners hailing from the Thomas Cook community in the last five years, we’ve also been pleased to help over 50 new joiners who faced an uncertain future this year after the tour operator’s collapse, launch a new business in an industry they love," Byrne added.