Jet2holidays will become the 21st member of the Truly Independent Professional Travel Organisation (Tipto).

The tour operator, the second largest in the UK, joins officially on September 1. It is the first new operator to join Tipto in the organisation’s 21st year.

Craig Davidson, general manager of trade sales for Jet2holidays, said joining Tipto would allow the operator to train agents on its products, which range from city breaks, beach and villa holidays to ‘on tour’ options and upmarket trips, and increase their sales.

He said: “We are excited to join the Tipto member portfolio and work with an association that shares our values, objectives and strategies within the travel trade sector.

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“Jet2holidays continually demonstrates its commitment to independent travel agents and organisations via its ‘Partnership 2 Success’ initiative, which is all about helping independents increase sales and grow their businesses. Tipto’s training ethos is perfectly aligned to this and so becoming a member makes perfect sense.

“We totally support the work that Tipto does with agents and strongly believe our strategic approach also provides a mutual support to the aims of the association.”

Newly appointed Tipto chairman Nick Hughes said: “Jet2holidays will further strengthen Tipto’s tour operator expertise and we are delighted to welcome the brand into our network for year 21. Our style of face to face events will provide the team with a unique opportunity to educate agents strengthening current relationships and extending their reach to forge new relationships nationwide.”

Pictured left to right from Jet2holidays are: Craig Davidson, general manager, trade sales; Lloyd Cross, regional sales manager; and Simon Marshall, regional sales manager.