The Travel Counsellors Story

From our launch in Cork, Ireland to an international travel business, our story is one of incredible growth and success.

It’s a story that’s as remarkable as it is compelling, and we’d love you to be part of our next chapter.

Who are Travel Counsellors?

From our roots in the North West of England to an international travel business, our story is one of incredible growth and success.

We were founded in 1994 by David Speakman, who anticipated the shift towards travel professionals running their own leisure or corporate travel businesses from home.

David's pioneering model meant franchisees could provide their customers with an unrivalled level of personal care and attention when creating bespoke travel experiences.

Our entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to offering a truly personalised travel service, underpinned by the values of trust and customer intimacy, remain as true today as they did back then. As we approach 2,000 colleagues in seven different countries, these principles continue to guide us to new heights.

The timeline of Travel Counsellors

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 Global headquarters from its birthplace in Bolton to stunning new £2m 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.


In 2019 we celebrated sixteen years of successive record growth, with sales in excess of £650m.


We celebrated the biggest sales day in our history in January 2023, with bookings exceeding £5.1m with global sales for the month hitting £114m

Our Accolades

We have a world-leading customer satisfaction rating of 96% and a huge collection of awards. Here are just a few of our accolades and travel industry endorsements: