Rival consortia are lining up to poach Triton members disaffected by the merger plans.

Freedom Travel Group general manager Trevor Davis said he viewed the merger “very much as an opportunity, not a threat”.

“The question is, will the members support it?” said Davis, adding, “Inevitably it won’t suit everybody and they’ll start to look at other consortia like us.”

Hays Travel’s consortium, The Independence Group, also hopes to attract disgruntled members.

Jill Gardner, Hays Travel commercial director, said: “The news of a possible merger is interesting, though I’m not sure that all members of the three Triton organisations will welcome the merge. We may possibly see Triton members joining our group.”

Harvey World Travel managing director John Donnelly also views the merger of Advantage, Worldchoice and the Global Travel Group as an opportunity to gain members.

“I don’t see how the merger makes any difference to us really, though,” said Donnelly. “We’re not bothered, not in the slightest.”