Abta has welcomed nine new members and 13 new partners in the last four months.

The new members include businesses offering attraction tickets, adventure holidays, luxury trips, airline tickets and overland tours. They joined between April 1 and July 31.

Travelopedia has become a dual member while there are three new retail members; Picniq; Imperial Holidays; and Glyn-Ebbw Travel; and five new principal members; Expeds International; Perfectstay; Crownshield Travel; Dragoman Overseas Travel; and Robert Mark Safaris.


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Dragoman Overseas Travel and its two brands Dragoman Overland and Imaginative Traveller have joined after 38 years’ trading.

Director Charlie Hopkinson said: “Although Dragoman is one of the longest serving members of The Specialist Travel Association (Aito), we have now also decided to join Abta because of the widespread public perspective Abta stands for reliability, quality and professionalism.

“Now we are members of both Aito and Abta, we feel this reflects our 38 years of operation and our two brands’ true worth; Dragoman Overland with its core principles of getting folk off the beaten track and into the grass roots of the places we visit, and Imaginative Traveller’s principles of approaching a destination in an imaginative and responsible manner. Both brands are about honesty, openness and customer service, things that both Aito and Abta endorse.”

A total of 13 companies offering a range of different services have also joined Abta as partners, including tourist boards, an airline and providers of legal, marketing and financial service.

They are: Equiniti Global Payments; VATIT UK; Fox Williams LLP; Mishcon de Reya LLP; Associacao Turismo do Algarve; Associacao de Promocao da Regiao Autonoma da Madeira; Eight and Four; Wex Europe UK; Clicky Media; Sinch UK;  Turkish Airlines; Purdy Smith; Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive, Abta, said: “I am very pleased to welcome the 22 new Abta members and partners who have joined the association in the last four months.

“They are a diverse group and are a representation of the broad range of holidays and other services provided by Abta members and partners.

“They will now have access to the full range of Abta services, including free legal advice, 24/7 operational bulletins and assistance in a crisis as well Abta’s expertise and insight on Brexit, including our contingency planning guidance and regularly updated, comprehensive information for customers.”