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Travel Designers was selected for these prestigious titles as part of a power-list of the nation’s best agents by industry bible the Travel Trade Gazette.
More than 500 travel agencies and branches put themselves forward for consideration for TTG’s Top 50 Travel Agencies 2019 – in association with Kuoni – from which a shortlist of 100 finalists across 20 categories was devised.
The TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies list was revealed in a glittering ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday 25 April after an extensive judging process, which saw agents rated by tour operators and other suppliers, and then assessed by travel trade journalists.
Travel Designers was named Top Weddings & Honeymoons Agency from a shortlist of five, and then London’s Top Agency from a separate shortlist of five.
TTG group editor Pippa Jacks said: “Now in its fourth year, our Top 50 Travel Agencies initiative has seen us tour the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland to uncover its most dedicated and innovative travel agency businesses.
“Our winners demonstrate that travel retailing in 2019 is a vibrant and successful business sector, and that experienced travel professionals continue to add value through their expertise and by delivering extraordinary service to their customers.”
“The team at Travel Designers impressed our judges with their innovative approach to doing business, their support for their local community, and their tireless focus on personalised customer service. Huge congratulations to Nick and the team for taking home not one but two trophies at TTG Top 50 this year.”
Nick, Travel Designers Managing Director commented, “I am so proud of my team – James, Beverley, Carol, Kelly and Charlie, a double win makes all their hard work worthwhile, their dedication to make clients holidays so special and their involvement in the community is what makes me a proud local business owner. We’d like to thank all our amazing clients who have allowed us to plan their holidays over the years – from city breaks, to active breaks, flop and drops, ski and cruises. As a local independent we strive to find the best destinations and itineraries for our clients to save them valuable time, provide our knowledge and often personal experience that has been gained over a number of years and to save them money – as we search for the best prices and value for money.”
The shortlisting stage was undertaken by a panel of 60 travel suppliers including airlines, tour operators and car hire providers, who rated hopeful agencies according to their business performance, customer service and expertise. To decide which shortlisted agencies made it into the Top 50 list, a TTG journalist visited or interviewed each shortlisted agency to carry out an assessment.
Find the full Top 50 shortlist and more information on the process at ttgtop50.com