Travel Agencies in the UK
The first thing to do in this
section is acknowledge the enormous contribution of the first
travel agent, Thomas Cook who started his business in 1841 by
taking 570 temperance campaigners from Leicester to Loughborough
for one shilling each. Now of course, Thomas Cook is one of the
worlds biggest Travel Agencies, with around 20 million customers
The Association of British Travel
Agents sets binding standards on its 5,750 members with a strict
code of conduct -you can search their database by location and
specialism to find a agents who suit your needs, or you can use
the ABTA database to check
if an agent is a member.
There are a number of agencies
and travel companies specialising in ethical travel -you might
start with Responsible
- ABTA -the official website of the Association
of British Travel Agents.
- ASTA - The American Society of Travel Agents
is the world's largest association of travel professionals.
- IATA -the trade association that represents
the airline industry world-wide.
- Marco Polo Travel
-an independent travel agency established in 1989, based in Bristol.
Inveterate travellers, they pride themselves on their knowledge,
expertise and creativity in helping you with your travel plans
whether it be a complex round the world flight routing or a beach
holiday in the sun.
- PureTravel -features tours from across the world,
all of which are supplied direct from local operators, thus supporting
local communities with money going straight back into the local
- Responsible Travel -online travel agency that specialises in providing
holidays that help local people to earn a fairer income from
tourism, support local conservation and social projects, and
minimise any negative environmental or cultural impacts.
Travel -the travel company
for students and young people -specialise in discounted student
flights, round the world trips, gap year and adventure travel,
plus two discount cards the ISIC (International Student
Identity Card) & IYTC (International Youth Travel Card).
Cook -the original travel
agent founded in 1841 is still one of the UK's leading travel
companies, providing travel and holidays for millions of customers
- Trailfinders -the UK's largest independent travel
agent renowned for its tailormade itineraries and huge selection
of discounted flights and tours.
-part of the Coop group, whose Corporate Social Responsibility
policy underlies everything they do.
- Tribes -independent specialist travel company
started by Amanda and Guy Marks in 1998, it bills itself as the
fair trade travel company.
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