Shearings Holidays has become that latest firm to join the Tipto organisation of specialist independent tour operators.

The operator carried more than 1.1 million passengers in 2015 across its coach tours, 48 hotels and a growing number of European holidays and river cruises.

The operator’s ‘Your Time’ programme for single travellers is being expanded this year, offering UK and European holidays with no single room supplement.

A new river ship – the four-star MS Serenade 2 – has been chartered on the Danube and the company has released new tours including a tour of Italy with cookery lessons in Venice and Bologna.

Shearings national sales manager, Michael Bowers, said: “We are delighted to have joined Tipto and look forward to meeting our agent friends at all the new events scheduled for 2016.

“The 50-plus market grows larger ever year and we have lots of sales tips and information to help agents maximise their sales potential.”

Tipto chairman, Zena Hill, added: “What a great start to 17th Tipto year. We are delighted to welcome Shearings Holidays into the Tipto network. 

“As the UK’s number one coach company and experts in the over 50’s market travel, Shearings will be a great fit into our already varied supplier network.

“We look forward to working with the team to produce training that will educate and excite our network of independent agents.”