Pictured left to right are: Nick Hughes, dnata Travel B2B Europe; Clare Weatherall, Gold Medal, Travel 2; Karen Fletcher, Gold Medal, Travel 2; Colin Currie, Gold Medal, Travel 2

Gold Medal and Travel 2 have joined Tipto, bringing the total number of supplier members to 25.

The sister brands – which count as one new member – have joined as the trade marketing organisation celebrates its 20th year.

Tipto now has its “optimum” number of supplier members and will not look to take on any further tour operators this year.

The long haul tailormade specialists Gold Medal and Travel 2, both long haul and tailormade specialists, will meet and greet agents at Tipto’s Portsmouth and Bournemouth roadshows on October 30 and 31.

Their product range includes long haul, cruising, touring and luxury holidays.

Nick Hughes, sales director of Gold Medal and Travel 2 parent dnata Travel B2B Europe, said: “As we head towards the busy peak period, we are thrilled to be joining such a well-known trade network. The success afforded to worldwide operators Gold Medal and Travel 2 would not be possible without the ongoing support of the travel trade and joining Tipto will allow us to strengthen our face to face agent partner relationships further.

“The exposure and awareness that the Tipto membership brings will allow us to further equip agents with the knowledge, expertise and understanding of how we can benefit their customers’ holiday experience. Our expansive product offering also includes specialist areas such as touring, luxury, cruise and city breaks and Tipto provides the perfect window to showcase all of these strengths.”

Tipto chairman, Jane Atkins, said: “We are delighted to welcome Gold Medal and Travel 2 to the Tipto network. They bolster our already strong expertise and we are confident that our face to face event set up will provide them with a unique opportunity to educate high levels of agents to boost their already strong relationships with the trade at an extremely important time.”

The move by Gold Medal and Travel 2 to join Tipto follows the departure of JTA Travel at the end of Tipto’s 19th year.

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