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.
We welcome our 100th Travel Counsellor to the family.
Travel Counsellors continues to expand and services launch in Ireland and the Netherlands.
Our bespoke-built, in-house booking platform, Phenix, is launched, enabling our Travel Counsellors to create tailor-made travel itineraries.
As our success continued, we expanded to South Africa, taking our bespoke services global.
We hit a key milestone as our 1,000th Travel Counsellor joined the company.
Our global expansion continues as we expand into the UAE and again in 2013 when we opened our doors 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 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
International Air Transport Association member
Winner: Amazon Growing Business of the Year 2018
Representative body for Travel Management Companies member