Club La Costa travel agency up for top award

Club La Costa Travel, the exclusive travel agency which provides a comprehensive service to members and clients of Club La Costa Resorts and Hotels (CLC), has been nominated for one of the travel industry’s most prestigious awards.

Ambassador Holidays Ltd, T/A Club La Costa Travel, is on the shortlist for the Retail Travel Company of the Year TTG Travel Awards, run by the industry’s leading trade magazine, Travel Trade Gazette.

Club La Costa Travel is a member of ABTA and holds its own ATOL licence. Members and clients receive expert attention and guidance from the company’s full service travel agency professionals, based at its call centre headquarters in Southend.

They offer a complete package of advice and assistance, including competitive flight prices, holiday car hire, travel insurance, cruises, airport parking, short break hotels and theme park tickets to members and clients who are based all over the UK and Europe.

Julie Fenlon, Group Travel Manager of Club La Costa Travel, said: “The TTG Travel Awards are regarded as a universal benchmark of quality within the travel industry. We are tremendously proud to have been short listed alongside other very strong entrants. Reaching the shortlist is a big achievement in itself and it has been made possible by the efforts and hard work of every team member in Club La Costa Travel.”

Julie added that Club La Costa Travel had responded to significant advances in many areas as new CLC resorts in Turkey and Florida had led to increased demand for the company’s travel products. Cruising had grown enormously in popularity – as a result of the work of the specialist team of agents and the excellent relationship developed with major cruise suppliers, there had been a 350 per cent increase in bookings and income generated for the period 2006 to 2010.

“In the last two years we have seen year-on-year growth of 77 per cent (2008-09) and 31 per cent (2009-10), and projections for 2011 indicate a further 34 per cent year-on-year increase. Our target is to achieve 1000 individual cruise bookings in 2011, compared to just 168 in 2006,” said Julie.

Daniel Pearce, editor of the TTG, said: “This year’s entries have been of an amazing quality – and our unique combination of voting by travel agents and judging by industry experts means that the eventual winners of the TTG Award will have truly earned their status. We congratulate all those who’ve made it onto our hotly-contested shortlist.”

Judges include experts from leading travel companies and trade bodies and leading figures from the worlds of commerce and retail, and this year’s winners will be announced at a spectacular ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on September 22nd.

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