A high street travel agency in Woodbridge has been named as one of the best agencies in the UK & Ireland.
Deben Travel has been selected as the Top Travel Agency in the East of England, as part of a power-list of the best agents in the British Isles by industry bible the Travel Trade Gazette.
The TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies list was revealed in a glittering ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday night after an extensive judging process, which saw agencies be rated by tour operators and other suppliers, and then assessed by travel trade journalists.
More than 900 travel agencies and branches put themselves forward for consideration for TTG’s Top 50 Travel Agencies 2018 – in association with Kuoni – from which a shortlist of 95 finalists across 12 regional and 7 nationwide categories was devised.
TTG group editor Pippa Jacks said: “Now in its third year, our Top 50 Travel Agencies initiative has seen us scour the UK and Ireland to uncover its most dedicated and dynamic travel agency businesses.
It’s been truly inspiring to hear how these agencies go above and beyond on a daily basis, to deliver extraordinary service and incredible value to their customers, and to support their local communities.
“Our winners demonstrate that high street travel retailing in 2018 is a vibrant and successful business sector, and that the future is bright for exceptional agencies like these.”
Judges said of Deben Travel: “From diffusing a tropical scent as customers enter to store to using virtual reality headsets to bring destinations to life, this travel agency is always looking for ways to innovate. A close-knit, experienced team ensures a personal experience for each and every client.”
Lee Hunt, Owner of Deben Travel, commented that the team were overwhelmed to win such a prestigious award and to be recognised for all the hard work they do. As an independent Travel Agency we pride ourselves on the research we put in to finding the right holiday and the service we deliver. To not only be in the Top 50 but to be No.1 in the East Of England is testament to our great team.
The shortlisting stage was undertaken by a panel of 60 travel suppliers including airlines, tour operators and car hire providers, who rated hopeful agencies according to their business performance, customer service and innovation. To decide which shortlisted agencies made it into the Top 50 list, a TTG journalist visited or interviewed each shortlisted agency to carry out an assessment.
Find the full Top 50 shortlist and more information on the process at ttgtop50.com.