Aggregate Abta member turnover increased to £37 billion in 2017, up from £33.5 billion the previous year.

The figure emerged as Abta attracted 23 members and 16 new partners in the second half of 2017.

They included seven dual members, one retail member and 15 trading as a principal.

The comanies represent a diverse range of travel experiences from bespoke trips and tours of battlefields to sports, educational and business travel.

The association said its membership remains stable at around 1,200 members.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “It is great to see a diverse range of new members and partners join us in 2017 and we look forward to working with them and supporting them throughout the coming year.

“Abta continues to work closely with its members, identifying priority areas for the travel industry and addressing issues on behalf of members.

“Last year saw positive strides taken in tackling the rise in holiday sickness scams and we will continue to push for change in 2018.”

New Abta members between July 1 and  December 31, 2017:

• Caspin Journeys, principal member
• Northern Star Education, principal member
• Vivid Travel, principal Member
• The Travel Adventure, principal member
• ATD Travel Services, dual member
• Big Foot Travel Company, principal member
• Major Travel, dual member
• Charter Travel, dual member
• Integrated Business Travel, retail member
• Global Educational Travel, principal member
• Orbit Tours (UK), dual member
• Gazelle Travel, principal member
• Silverblue Tours, principal member
• CGT Battlefields, principal member
• MSG Tours, principal member
• Simplexity Travel Management,dual member
• Emerald Global, dual member
• Kingswood Learning & Leisure Group, principal member
• Kingswood Colomendy, principal member
• Galloway Coach Travel, dual member
• Complete Sports Solutions, principal member
• Supreme Tours, principal member
• Orbis Expeditions, principal member

New partners:

• No1 Lounges
• South African Tourism
• Japan National Tourism Organisation
• eMerchantPay
• Addison Lee
• Philippine Department of Tourism
• Associação de Turismo dos Açores
• Whitman Gowdridge
• DAC Beachcroft Claims
• Weightmans
• Eurochange
• East Berkshire College
• R.G. Investigations
• Singapore Tourism Board
• University of Derby
• Training Platform