TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies

Sponsors

Headline Sponsor

Kuoni

We fully support UK travel agents and are proud to be the headline sponsor of the TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies 2020 awards.

 

Kuoni has always been about incredible service, from helping agents create the trickiest of tailor-made holidays to making sure your customers are well looked after from start to finish.

 

This philosophy has earned Kuoni over 200 awards in the past 50 years and we are regularly voted one of the best holiday companies in the country by readers of national newspapers and travel industry titles.

 

We can take your customers to over 90 destinations around the world. They can dine on a deserted island in the Maldives, enjoy a massage while watching giraffes wander across the Maasai Mara or get a really in-depth insight into a destination on one of our small escorted group tours. We are ready to offer the best travel advice and personal recommendations so that your customers get the finest holiday experience.

 

Our excellent customer care means you can be confident that your clients will have a fantastic holiday and return to book with you time and again.


Co-sponsors

APT

APT is a family-owned and operated travel company with more than 90 years of experience. A multi-award winning tour operator, we offer Luxury (five star) and Essential (four star) river cruises and escorted touring throughout Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America. Alongside this, APT takes guests to one of the world’s last remaining wildernesses in the Kimberley, Western Australia – via Expedition Cruising and 4WD Wilderness Adventures.

 

APT has remained so successful for many years, thanks to the support of our agent partners. We see them as an extension of our business and love to work closely with them to ensure we are hitting our mutually beneficial goals.

 

We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service and our excellent Trust Pilot rating shows that we deliver, which is why agents choose to book with APT again and again.

 

aptouring.co.uk/

A-ROSA and Newmarket Holidays

A-ROSA River Cruises and Newmarket Holidays created a new partnership in 2018 which saw the operator dedicate its entire European river cruise programme to A-ROSA products. Allowing Newmarket Holidays to introduce their customers to the contemporary A-ROSA style of river cruising, the operator offers premium standard river cruising sailing on five of the popular European rivers – the Rhine, Danube, Rhône, Saône and Seine.

 

The all-inclusive A-ROSA difference combines gourmet buffets offering seasonal and regional specialities with flexible dining and all-inclusive drinks around the clock. Its contemporary, modern freestyle cruising offers exciting destinations, a relaxing atmosphere on board, picturesque riverscapes, comfortable and spacious cabins and a full service, professional spa on every ship.

 

In an increasingly competitive sector, the partnership offers outstanding value and is coupled with an impressive variety of itinerary and travel options. A wide range of regional flights, Eurostar and individual travel arrangements add further flexibility, which is at the heart of the portfolio.


Attraction World

Attraction World is the market-leading provider of attractions, tours and activities to the UK Travel Trade and has worked hand-in-hand with all key agent partners for more than 15 years. Since its creation, Attraction World has enabled over 3 million customers to pre-book worldwide attractions, confident in the knowledge that they are supported by an incomparable customer service team.

 

We provide our trusted travel agents with the ability to offer their customers all of the truly amazing things to do whilst on their travels, from theme-parks to theatre shows, museums to helicopter tours, we’ve got the lot!

 

It’s the fastest growing segment within the Travel Industry, and with our team of attractions experts and industry leading technology, Attraction World are uniquely positioned to helps its travel partners grow their sales of attraction tickets.

 

attractionworld.com/


Bourne Leisure

Bourne Leisure is the largest provider of holidays and holiday home ownership in the UK, operating 57 parks, resorts and hotels largely located on the coastline of Great Britain. Our brands are amongst the most recognised within the UK holiday market, and we operate leisure assets on 6,500 acres of some of the best leisure retail estate in the country.

Butlin’s is one of the most recognised brands within the UK holiday market, offering a family product with the emphasis on providing quality family time and live music weekends. Butlin’s has three resorts located in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness.

Haven operate award winning family focussed caravan parks around the coast of Britain and are the largest operator of caravan parks in the UK with in excess of 37,000 pitches across 40 parks.

Warner Leisure Hotels is the UK’s only ‘grown up’ hotel chain providing guests with child-free short breaks across an eclectic collection of 14 countryside and coastal hotels and villages.

 

bourneleisuresales.co.uk


Celebrity Cruises

Imagine a destination so extraordinary, it doesn’t have an address. Where you’ll lose yourself in rooms so luxurious, you’ll never want to be found. Where dining awakens every sense, including your sense of wonder, with menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs and spaces designed by world-renowned architects and designers. Don’t worry if you can’t imagine that a place like this could be real, Celebrity Cruises has already imagined it for you. Extraordinary by sea and remarkable by land, we’ll bring the world to you in ways you’d never expect, with a fleet of fourteen award-winning ships sailing to more than 300 destinations worldwide.

 

In April 2020, Celebrity Cruises will continue its game-changing Edge® Series with sister ship Celebrity Apexâ„ , set to debut with a naming ceremony and five sailing mini-season from Southampton. Spring 2020 will also see the return of Celebrity Silhouette® to Southampton, fresh from a $50 million dollar transformation as part of the fleetwide modernisation programme, the Celebrity Revolutionâ„ . Celebrity Cruises continues to raise the bar and deliver unforgettable holidays as we take the entire fleet to the Edge.

 

celebritycruises.co.uk/


Club Med

With 65 years of experience, Club Med is a worldwide leader and pioneer in all-inclusive premium holidays, providing the most comprehensive package on the market in unbeatable locations. You can be sure that your customers are getting value for their money with everything being included.

 

Look forward to the full-board gourmet cuisine, premium drinks and open bar, wide-range of activities and sports with quality equipment and entertainment for the whole family. In our Ski Resort, ski lift passes and all-level ski lessons with expert mountain guides are also included! Minimise the stress of planning that perfect break with Club Med.

 

clubmed.co.uk/


Cruise & Maritime Voyages

2020 marks the eleventh operational year of Cruise & Maritime Voyages and from the beginning, we realised that many British cruisers prefer a more traditional cruise experience as opposed to sailing on the vast mega resort style ships built today. With our fleet of six small to medium sized classic style ships, we offer a more leisurely and friendly ‘home from home’ style of cruising and maritime experience, accessible to a much wider choice of interesting and more remote ports of call.


Our aim has always been, and continues to be, on attaining high levels of customer satisfaction by providing comfortable accommodation, delicious cuisine, stylish entertainment and attentive service. We strive to ensure that our guests return home with many fond memories and will want to cruise with us again and again.

 

cruiseandmaritime.com/


DoSomethingDifferent.com

At Dosomethingdifferent.com (DSD), we’re a small, passionate team focused on doing-things-differently! We want to help our agent partners ensure that no customers’ holidays go without the FUN stuff! Pre-booking attractions and experiences equals a better holiday for your customers, and better commissions for you – what’s not love!


From the ordinary to the extraordinary, we have over 3,000 pre-bookable experiences from the spectacular Northern Lights and glitzy high teas to skip the line passes to the world’s most iconic attractions – and with our flexible trading terms incl. no amendment fees, zero deposits and no cancellation fees across most products, it’s never been easier to book!


Team DSD love theme parks and we sell REAL gate-ready tickets to the world’s best theme parks! From magical attractions and thrilling rides to unforgettable character meet and greets and unique dining experiences; theme parks offer memorable holiday experiences for everyone!

 

dosomethingdifferent.com


Gold Medal Travel 2

Together, Gold Medal and Travel 2 offer 80 years of expertise in providing tailor-made holidays for independent travel agent partners.

 

With an extensive portfolio range, we offer everything you could possibly need to create the perfect holiday, including; long haul getaways, cruising and touring options plus short haul and long haul luxury escapes - all specifically designed for your customers’ requirements. Our longstanding relationships with key suppliers such as airlines, hotel chains, car hire, cruising and touring companies, combined with the buying power of Gold Medal and Travel 2, ensures we can secure exclusive deals to showcase the most competitive prices in the market.

 

Not only that, in true Gold Medal and Travel 2 style, we thank our agent partners with an exciting variety of FAM trip opportunities, holidays, prizes and reward schemes. We also provide training programmes to help you gain additional knowledge and selling tips for those all important bookings.

 

goldmedal.co.uk

travel2.com


Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is known as a ‘Continent in miniature’ alive with varied natural beauty, from the stunning dunes of Maspalomas to the volcanic interior. Its perfect climate makes it a year round holiday paradise. This beautiful island has a great offer of luxury resorts as well as boutique hotels and all the comfort and service for the most demanding clients. A great choice of spa centres and magnificent golf courses complement this luxury offer. Spend a few days in the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a city with an interesting heritage and charming old quarter combined with fabulous gastronomy and amazing new aquarium “Poem to the sea”. Those wanting a more authentic experience should climb the scenic roads in serpentine twists up into the spectacular central massif, where they can enjoy beautiful walks and plenty of star gazing opportunities.

 

grancanaria.com/turismo/en/


Holiday Extras

Holiday Extras is the UK market-leader for travel add-ons. We specialise in the essential extras that every traveller needs: airport parking, airport hotels, airport lounges, car hire, airport transfers and travel insurance.

 

Millions of customers book with us every year because they know we have the widest range of travel products at the best prices. Whether you’re looking to improve your holiday with convenience by booking meet-and-greet airport parking, or luxury by giving yourself a VIP experience in an airport lounge, Holiday Extras has all you need to have less hassle and start enjoying more holiday.

 

holidayextras.co.uk/


Iberostar

The Iberostar Group is a 100% family-owned Spanish multinational company based in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) that has been operating in the tourist sector since 1956 and whose business activity dates back to 1877. Its sales network covers 35 countries, it has a staff of more than 32,000 employees and handles 8 million customers a year. Hospitality is the company’s core business, with a portfolio of more than 120 four and five star hotels located in 18 countries on three continents. In addition to the hotels, the Group has a further three business units: travel and incoming activities, a holiday club and real estate.

 

Iberostar Group is owned by the Fluxà family and chaired by Miguel Fluxà Rosselló, founder of the Group’s current hotel unit and the Iberostar Hotels & Resorts brand. His daughters Sabina y Gloria are the Company’s two Vice-Chairwomen. Sabina is also the Group’s CEO and Gloria holds the post of Chief Sustainability Officer.

 

iberostar.com/en/


Jet2holidays

Jet2holidays is the UK’s second largest tour operator, and is a winner of prestigious awards for delivering outstanding trade sales relations and customer service, as voted for by both independent travel agents and customers alike.

 

We offer great value ATOL protected package holidays to over 500 resorts across Europe, the Canaries and the Mediterranean from nine UK airports.

 

With a choice of over 4,000 directly contracted 2-5 star hotels, return Jet2.com flights, 22kg baggage, transfers, and ATOL Protection included in all packages, we really do offer package holidays you can trust!

 

On top of that we offer Free Child Places, Infants Go Free, free Resort Flight Check-In® and a team of dedicated in-resort Customer Helpers, all for a low £60 per person deposit.

 

Our choice of holidays keeps on growing, and includes three brand new destinations for Summer 19 (Bourgas in Bulgaria, Chania in Crete, and Izmir in Turkey). We also have seven specialist brochures that give a taster of each range: Summer Holidays, Winter Holidays, Family Holidays, Jet2Villas, Indulgent Escapes, On Tour and Jet2CityBreaks.

 

If you are an independent travel agent and you are interested in finding out about how you can work in partnership with Jet2holidays to grow your business, please visit our dedicated trade site: trade.jet2holidays.com


Mercury Holidays

Mercury Holidays’ escorted touring programme has seen rapid growth in scope and popularity, with thousands of travellers embarking on our tours and a consistently positive feedback rate of 90%. Now featuring over 100 tours spanning six continents, travellers can enjoy an expanded range of tours to top-selling destinations such as China, Vietnam, India and Sri Lanka in addition to a range of newly-introduced tours. Those looking for novel travel experiences will be delighted by an exciting selection of walking tours and a number of all-inclusive river cruises that follow Europe’s most scenic waterways.

 

mercuryholidays.co.uk

 

 


MSC

As a family-owned company with a seafaring history that goes back over three centuries, we have a passion for exploring the world by sea. It’s a passion you can sense in the expertise of our captains and crews, in the elegant and innovative design of our ships, and in the breadth of our itineraries.

 

And you can see it, hear it and taste it in everything we do on board, from the freshness of the cuisine to the richness of the entertainment, thanks also to our best-in-class partnerships, established to offer you the best experience. This passion is what drives our dedication to excellence, and our respect for all of our Guests. That's what makes us different and what makes every MSC cruise a truly unique experience.

 

msccruises.co.uk/

 

 


Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 50-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule.

Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodation options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pools and dining, concierge service and personal butlers.

Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the ninth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fourthtime and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the fifth straight year by the World Travel Awards. Norwegian will introduce three new “Breakaway Plus” Class cruise ships through 2019 and has four additional ships on order for delivery beginning in 2022, with an option to introduce two more ships in 2026 and 2027.

 

ncl.com/uk/en/


Princess Cruises

As the world’s #1 premium cruise line, we like to do things differently. Set sail with us and experience a cruise like no other. Choose from over 380 destinations across the globe, explore beyond the beaten track, embrace local cultures and cuisines, lose yourself in relaxation and be made to feel at home – every step of the way.

That’s the Princess Difference.

And a core part of our customers’ journey is our travel agent partners. We like to put our travel agents first as part of our Travel Agent Promise. It’s our definition of support with our UK based contact centre open 7 days a week plus our agent webchat feature on OneSourceCruises.com. Our commitment to reward offering rich incentives and commissions for your efforts. And our guarantee to educate with an award-winning training programme, fam trips rated as outstanding and the largest agent ship visit programme in the industry!

onesourcecruises.com


Riviera Travel

A river cruise with Riviera Travel is an experience your customers will never forget. Not just because of the breathtaking destinations they’ll discover, but because of all the ways we’ll enhance their time with us and bring each moment to life.

 

As your customers drift along in five-star luxury, our cruise directors and concierges are always on hand to make sure their every need is taken care of. When they dock, our expert tour guides will be ready to share their wealth of local knowledge (and best-kept secrets) to ensure you have the best experience possible.

 

When your customers are on board one of our 13 river cruise ships, there’re staying in a floating, luxury boutique hotel. Our fine fleet is truly world-class. In 2019 we introduced two brand-new five-star ships: MS George Eliot and MS William Wordsworth, and 2020 will see the addition of another all-suite five-star vessel, MS Geoffrey Chaucer.

 

rivieratravel.co.uk/agents


Sandals Resorts

Over 35 years ago, along the white-sand shores of Jamaica, a visionary with a passion to share his beautiful home with the world introduced the Luxury Included® holiday. Today, Sandals Resorts sets itself apart by steering away from off-the-shelf five-star package holidays, to placing an emphasis on personal choice, always aiming to offer more for the price of the holiday. Sandals Resorts’ prices include 5-Star Global Gourmet™ specialty restaurants, premium brand drinks, tips and taxes, in addition to land and water sports such as golf and complimentary scuba diving for certified divers. There are 15 Sandals resorts created exclusively for ‘two people in love’ located in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada and Barbados. Its sister brand, Beaches Resorts, currently comprises three resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos and caters for families, groups, couples and singles.

 

sandals.co.uk/


Scenic and Emerald Waterways

Scenic and Emerald Waterways offer a complete ‘One-Stop Shop’ offering two complementary brands designed to make selling river cruising plain sailing.

 

Scenic is Europe and Southeast Asia’s all-inclusive, luxury river cruise line. Space and luxury combine on board an award-winning Scenic Space-Ship, where unrivalled fine-dining, complimentary beverages all day every day and a selection of daily award-winning Freechoice excursions and unique Scenic Enrich events are included in the price.

 

An Emerald Waterways deluxe river cruise combines comfort and innovation on-board our state-of-the-art Star-Ships. Our award-winning promise of Exceptional EmeraldVALUE ensures everything guests need is included in the price, from expertly-crafted menus, to exclusive EmeraldPLUS excursions and EmeraldACTIVE activities introducing them to the heart of culture. There’s never been a better way to explore Europe’s iconic rivers.

 

Our dedicated Trade Team, from on-the-road Sales Managers to marketing support, are available to help with any training or questions agents may have.

 

scenic.co.uk/

emeraldwaterways.co.uk/


Shearings

Shearings is the UK’s largest escorted tour operator, offering a broad range of holidays and hotel breaks to more than 200 destinations worldwide. With over 100 years’ experience, we provide an unrivalled range of expertly planned itineraries, with everything from 2-day weekend breaks to 17-day escorted tours.

 

Winners of three 2017 British Travel Awards for Best Coach Holiday Company, Best Singles Holiday Company and Best UK Midscale Hotel Brand (for Coast & Country Hotels) Shearings prides itself on offering great value breaks with flexible travel options.

 

Our knowledgeable experts will ensure everything is organised for your customers, and our dedicated travel trade team are on-hand to support you too.

Why choose Shearings?

  • Over 100 years’ experience
  • Flexible travel options, by coach, car, air, river or rail
  • Low deposits, from £45pp
  • Over 200 destinations worldwide
  • Trusted hotels in excellent locations
  • Over 800 pick-up points nationwide
  • Home Connect – Door to door service

shearings.com/


Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. Star Alliance has grown to 26 airlines, serving 195 countries with over 19,000 daily flights and is firmly established as the leading global network offering the highest industry standards of customer service, security and technical infrastructure.

Star Alliance continues to develop and offer programs to all of its clientele to ensure passengers receive a range of benefits and working with the travel trade to help deliver the best product for their customers.

 

staralliance.co.uk


Trafalgar

Trafalgar brings your guests The Good Life. With 302 trips across 7 continents we connect them to the diversity of the world through handcrafted guided holidays. From sampling fresh, organic cuisine at a local farm in Hawaii to hearing stories of the world’s greatest boxer, Muhammad Ali from the champ’s own family members, Trafalgar connects guests to the soul of the places. And with a 97% guest satisfaction rate on Feefo we're the ultimate champions of happy.

 

With Insight Vacations, every moment of your guests’ journey is specially designed with noteworthy authenticity and unique experiences to ensure seamless, stress-free travel. With smaller groups, on average 33 guests, they will travel in style with every detail taken care of by our highly skilled Travel Director. Drawing on over 40 years of outstanding travel expertise, we offer a variety of journeys across Europe, Britain, the USA and Canada - the magic begins here!

 

trafalgar.com/agents

insightvacations.com/uk


The Travel Network Group

With over 1,000 Members, The Travel Network Group is the UK’s largest independent travel membership organisation providing a range of propositions, products and services that enable new and existing travel businesses to operate within the travel sector. Its key differentiator is the unique way in which it puts its members at the heart of its business through delivering market-leading help, guidance and support. In 2018, through its annual membership survey undertaken in association with the Institute of Customer Service, the Group achieved a score of 87.5, rating the company as providing a world-class service to its Members.

 

thetravelnetworkgroup.co.uk/

 

 


Travelsphere

Travelsphere – Holiday of a lifetime, every time.

 

Incredible destinations, unique experiences, Guaranteed Departures, early booking Price Promise, Price Match Guarantee and world-class tour managers are all what makes Travelsphere stand out in the escorted tours market.

 

Travelsphere has specialised in providing escorted tours across the globe for over 50 years, and they still love to share their passion with like-minded people. Travelsphere offers tours to over 60 global destinations including new experiences to the Galapagos, Patagonia and across Europe.

 

In Travelsphere’s latest brochure there over 150 unique tours, including 21 to Italy, where Travelsphere is the market-leading specialist.

 

All Travelsphere holidays include flights, many of them from regional airports, local transfers, accommodation, with customers being looked after by a Travelsphere Tour Manager along with gaining insights from local guides.

 

Travelling with Travelsphere means getting under the skin of a destination and sharing experiences in good company.

 

travelsphere.co.uk/

 


Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines operates from Birmingham, 10 flights per ,offering seamless connections to the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia, India, Africa and Russia.

 

As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world and through its hub in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines now provides connections to over 318 destinations. If transit passengers have a connecting international flight in Istanbul with a layover between 6-24 hours, they can make use of our free Touristanbul service to discover Istanbul.

 

Turkish Airlines is also now based at the new Istanbul Airport, which opened in October 2018 and is already the world’s third largest airport. Upon completion in 2027, it is set to become the largest airport in the world with six runways and a total passenger capacity of 200 million passengers per year – almost twice that of the current largest airport.

 

turkishairlines.com/

 


Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages is a global lifestyle brand committed to creating the world’s most irresistible holidays. The brand currently has four ships on order with master shipbuilder Fincantieri and has operations in the US, UK and Europe. With its inaugural season scheduled for 2020, Virgin Voyages’ first ship, Scarlet Lady was designed to reflect a yacht’s sleek luxury. Featuring spaces designed by some of the top names in contemporary interiors, Scarlet Lady will be Adult-by-Design, a sanctuary at sea for the 18+ traveler. A dose of Vitamin Sea will be naturally intertwined across the entire ship, with well-being activated through a mix of high-energy moments coupled with relaxation and rejuvenation. Scarlet Lady will also feature alluring entertainment and 20+ world-class intimate eateries onboard. Putting a twist on luxury, Virgin Voyages will offer incredible value for its sailors with all restaurants, group fitness classes, soft drinks, and many more Virgin surprises included within the voyage fare. Scarlet Lady will sail from Miami to the Caribbean in 2020, hosting more than 2,770 sailors and 1,160 amazing crew from around the world. First Mates can now book exclusive ‘Tail to Sail’ packages when booking a Virgin Voyage with a Virgin Atlantic flight through Virgin Atlantic Flightstore.

 

Call: 0151 350 1133

Email us: voyages@vaflightstore.com

 

www.virginvoyages.com/


Wendy Wu Tours

Wendy Wu Tours is the UK’s leading touring specialist to Asia’s most iconic destinations including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Japan, India & Sri Lanka. We offer the most comprehensive range of touring styles including group and private tours as well as fully tailor-made holidays, so you can also choose between more adventurous Discovery Tours, luxury tours or more relaxed river cruise tours.

 

Wendy Wu Tours’ award-winning itineraries offer incredible value with so much included, expertise that comes from almost 20 years of operating tours and a reputation you can trust. Each of our Travel Consultants has visited our destinations and would love to share their knowledge with you.

 

At Wendy Wu Tours our philosophy is a simple one - to provide your customers with a truly inspiring travel experience.

 

wendywutours.co.uk/

Headline Sponsor

Kuoni

Sponsors

APT
A-ROSA and Newmarket Holidays
Attraction World
Bourne Leisure
Celebrity Cruises
Club Med
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Do Something Different
Gold Medal Travel 2
Gran Canaria
Holiday Extras
Iberostar
Jet2holidays
Mercury Holidays
MSC Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
Princess Cruises
Riviera Travel
Sandals Resorts
Scenic and Emerald Waterways
Shearings
Star Alliance
The Travel Network Group
Trafalgar
Travelsphere
Turkish Airlines
Virgin Voyages
Wendy Wu Tours
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