CO-OPERATIVE Travelmaker has been shortlisted from hundreds of entries across the UK for the prestigious 2014 Travel Trade Gazette Travel Awards.
The company, which has been arranging travel for Channel Islanders for more than 40 years, is up for the TTG Travel Agency of the Year Award. With hundreds of entries, more than 36,000 agent ratings, the awards are recognised as the industry’s most coveted accolade and are regarded as the toughest awards in the travel industry to win. The winner will be announced at the Lyceum Theatre in London’s Covent Garden on 15 September.
‘It’s a fantastic achievement for Co-operative Travelmaker to reach this stage of such highly regarded industry awards. The shortlisting reflects our passion for travel and the commitment we have shown over the years in working with industry partners to deliver an effective strategy that focuses on a service culture, community involvement and developing our colleagues. All of this has been achieved whilst growing profitable sales,’ said Travel Manager at Co-operative Travelmaker, Darren Davison.
‘The competition in the Channel Islands is extremely tough with arguably the highest concentration of travel agents per square mile than anywhere else in the UK. As the largest agency we appeal to more of the population by offering the most diverse range of holidays.’
Mr Davison said innovation was the key to thriving in a competitive industry.
‘Last year we introduced a new service where our agents go out to see the customers so that they can discuss their holiday plans in their own home or office. We also have a private lounge in our Jersey branch where customers can look at holiday options in a relaxing environment, in a quiet location,’ he said.
The Channel Island travel firm is no stranger to awards; it has won the Travelsphere ‘Agent of the Year’ twice in the last three years. Co-operative Travelmaker colleagues also played a key part in The Channel Islands Co-operative Society reaching the finals of the Community Engagement Award at this year’s Jersey Enterprise Awards.
Over the last 12 months travel colleagues have:
- Participated in a ‘walk-to-work’ scheme and provided sponsorship to help improve awareness of the benefits of walking, in the local schools.
- Given up their own time to help deliver meal-on-wheels to the elderly. In Jersey they hosted a champagne breakfast event that raised £411 for the Jersey Alzheimer’s Association.
- Organised and hosted a quiz night for elderly people in Guernsey, raising £824 for Headway Guernsey.
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