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A pioneering model
We were born in England in 1994, when founder David Speakman anticipated the move towards travel professionals running their own leisure or corporate travel businesses from home.
His pioneering franchise model enabled its holders to provide an unrivalled level of personal care and attention for their customers when creating bespoke travel experiences.
The entrepreneurial spirit and the dedication to the principle of offering a truly personalised travel service, underpinned by the values of trust and customer intimacy, remain as true today - as we approach 2,000 colleagues in seven different countries - as it was right back at the start of our incredible journey.
We welcome our 100th Travel Counsellor to the family
We’re the very first travel company to win the Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category
We launch our own unique financial trust to provide extensive financial protection to our customers
Our growth continues apace, as we launch Travel Counsellors in Ireland and the Netherlands
Our bespoke-built, in-house booking platform, Phenix, is launched, enabling our people to create truly tailor-made travel itineraries
We welcome Travel Counsellors in South Africa and Australia
Our 1,000th Travel Counsellor joins the company in Australia
Travel Counsellors is named in the Telegraph 1,000 Britain’s Brightest Businesses
Our global expansion continues, as we expand into the UAE, and again in 2013, when we open in Belgium
A new chapter
Our 20th year celebrations are marked by a significant financial investment in our future from private equity firm, Equistone Partners Europe.
We move Travel Counsellors headquarters from its birthplace in Bolton to stunning new AED9m premises at Trafford City in Manchester.
We recruit the 300th member of our global support team, as our business continues to scale and grow.
The myTC app is launched. With a 4+ star rating on the Apple and Android store, over 15,000 users a year enjoy the paperless experience of having their travel documentation all in one app, and connecting to their Travel Counsellor at the tap of a button.
We recruit our 60th Travel Counsellor to the UAE family
Fast-forward to the present
Travel Counsellors celebrates 10 years of successive record growth in 2018, with sales in excess of AED2.5 billion.nounces a new investor, Vitruvian Partners.
The company celebrates its biggest sales day in history in January 2018, with the value of bookings exceeding AED18.5 million per day, and global sales for the month at AED350 million.
The company’s growth strategy continues to be recognised as Growing Business of the Year at the Amazon Growing Business Awards.
1994 - our pioneering business model is launched in The UK
2012 - Travel Counsellors launch in The UAE
2018 - Over 1800 Travel Counsellors globally and 60+ in The UAE