ABTA welcomed 11 new Members, five trading as duals, five trading as principals and one trading as a retail Member. Additionally, 10 new Partners joined the association from 1 January to 31 March 2016.
The following companies became Members of ABTA:
In addition, 12 managed branches joined ABTA.
The following companies became ABTA Partners:
Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive said, “It is fantastic to see 11 new Members and 10 new Partners join us in the first part of 2016. We look forward to working with them and supporting them throughout the year ahead. ABTA Membership and our Partner scheme offer a great range of resources which I hope they will take full advantage of.”
Adam Stebbings, Director of SmoothRed Wine Travel Company stated “We’re proud to be wearing the ABTA badge and give our customers peace of mind when travelling with us to the wine regions of Europe and USA. Being affiliated with the UK’s leading travel body brings added security to each individual customer and we pride ourselves on a personal travel service with high standards. In addition to this the very helpful ABTA Members Zone and the expert advice on tap ensures our travel experts have all the support and advice they need to care for the customer.’’
Alan Johnson, Managing Director of Crosskeys Coaches said “We’re delighted to be new members of ABTA and part of the UK’s largest travel association. Our membership gives us access to a whole host of advice and guidance and offers our customers the security in knowing that we are a reputable company, backed by ABTA.”
ABTA Managed branches are operated on behalf of an ABTA Member by another company or individuals, who have entered into a managed branch agreement with an ABTA Member and conduct business on behalf of that Member. The Member is responsible for the customers, turnover and liabilities to customers of the managed branch. The operator of the managed branch does not require ABTA membership in its own right – the managed branch receives a branch ABTA number by virtue of the Member’s Membership. There are now over 470 Managed Branches within ABTA Membership with retail agents and tour operators participating.