The Travel Network Group is to close its office in Peterborough and move its marketing and membership departments to Woking.

The Peterborough office was the headquarters of Worldchoice, which merged with the Travel Trust Association in 2008. Staff have entered a 90-day consultation period and will be given the option to move to Woking or take redundancy.

The move comes after the consortium announced in February that it would relocate its commercial team from Peterborough to Woking. It is expected to take up to six months to complete the move.

Gary Lewis, group managing director of The Travel Network Group, said: “This decision has not been an easy one to make.  It comes as a result of my management team and I concluding that if we are to continue to drive through change and deliver on our promises to members, we need to consolidate all our business activities in one place. 

“Also, we fundamentally believe that the Worldchoice membership team, above all, needs to sit at the heart of our business and therefore needs to operate beside all the group’s other core functions.”

Si Prentice, who recently joined the Travel Network’s management team, will become group marketing director. 

Lewis said:  “Our business is undergoing a period of change -change that we believe will make us even more effective for our members and business partners.  We will be sharing our plans for the further development of Worldchoice at our forthcoming conference in Lake Bled, as well as sharing our exciting plans for marketing

“We believe this decision is in the long-term interests of our members.  As part of the change we will be looking to provide improved support to them and new initiatives to help grow their businesses.”