Travel Counsellors has hit the £600m sales mark as it reports record growth this year.
The Manchester-based company, has seen a 17% increase in sales made for 2019 departures to destinations outside of the European Union.
There was a 23% increase in sales of holidays to Florida, 12% increase in Dubai bookings and 11% hike in customers choosing Mexico.
Sales for 2019 departures to New York have also increased by 33% for Travel Counsellors, which the company said suggests customers are looking beyond Europe to long-haul destinations next year.
Britain is set to leave the European Union on March 29.
Travel Counsellors’ corporate travel sales have also seen a record year, with bookings worth £151 million in the last 12 months representing a 16 per cent increase on 2017.
Vitruvian Partners completed a second management buyout of Travel Counsellors in June, bringing a close to three years of investment from Equistone Partners Europe which includes the move to a £2m new head office facility in Manchester and saw annual total transaction values grow by £130m to £512m.
Matt Davies, the ex-UK chief of Tesco, was named non-executive chairman of Travel Counsellors in September, as the business reported its 16th consecutive year of double-digit growth.
There are now more than 1,800 Travel Counsellors in seven countries, who own their own franchises.
Chief executive Steve Byrne said: “2018 has been a record-breaking year for Travel Counsellors, for both corporate and leisure travel sales. The results are a huge testament to the care and attention our individual Travel Counsellors and global support teams based across seven countries show, when looking after the travel arrangements of the hundreds of thousands of customers that travel with us each year.
“We’ve seen an increase in interest and sales to destinations outside of the EU next year, and anticipate this trend to continue as customers seek more value for money beyond the Eurozone. Our sales figures highlight that corporate travellers are still travelling for business, just as leisure customers are booking holidays to look forward to in 2019. As always, we remain focussed on creating trusted relationships with our customers who rely on us to ensure that they enjoy seamless travel experiences, wherever they are in the world.”
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