Spring event will be last for Travel Luncheon Club

The Travel Luncheon Club, thought to be the world’s oldest trade association for travel professionals, will close following its spring gala lunch on April 5.

Formed in 1931, the club has held its events at the Dorchester Hotel in London since the 1950s.

Its nominated charity for the fundraising spring lunch is the Evelina London Children’s Hospital (pictured) which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

An ambassador for the hospital will speak at the lunch and funds will be raised by a prize draw for a Fred Olsen Cruise Lines mini cruise.

There will also be a raffle for a range of prizes, with proceeds going to the Family Holiday Association (FHA).

Singer-songwriter Lots Holloway will perform and a “surprise” entertainment has been arranged.

Bryn Jones, Travel Luncheon Club chairman, said: “Whilst in many ways there will be some sadness regarding the closing of the club, we are aiming to make this lunch a joyful celebration of its long and distinguished history as an integral part of the UK travel industry.

“It is hoped that the Travel Luncheon Club brand will live on in some way and we hope to make an announcement soon.”

Open to members and non-members, places at the Travel Luncheon Club’s spring gala lunch cost £89 including a drinks reception and three-course meal.

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