Travel franchise business The Holiday Franchise Company has been recognised for its in-house training programme ‘Journey to Success’.

The company is backed by homeworking specialist Holidaysplease and offers support packages for those aiming to create their own bonded online travel agency. It currently has 23 franchisees and said it had received increased interest during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Journey to Success programme has been officially recognised by the Institute of Travel & Tourism after demonstrating that it is “adding value to professionals within the travel and tourism sector”.

Joanne Aldridge, head of franchise, said: “We are extremely proud to be the first own-brand franchise model to be awarded this recognition.

“Our team’s background in the travel industry enables us to share years of experience with our franchisees and ensures our onboarding training and ongoing support covers the skills needed to set them up for success.”

Claire Steiner, chair of the ITT’s education & training committee, added: “We are delighted that The Holiday Franchise Company has gained ITT Recognition, at a time when many in the industry are considering self-employment and may choose to invest in a franchise.

“The Journey to Success training programme addresses not only the complexities of running your own modern travel business, but also helps franchisees develop their sales, marketing and networking skills; driving up professionalism in our industry.”