Independent Travel Agent network, Travellers Choice has just welcomed three new “high-calibre recruits” from New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia.

The new members are: Top Deck Travel, Chris Watson Travel and Devonport Travel and Cruise.

Travellers Choice credits strong digital marketing support and its relationship with online travel agency TripADeal with helping them attract the new trio.

South Australian based Top Deck Travel is owned by Clare Horton, who took ownership of it just last year after 17 years working in the agency.

She said it was a desire to receive personalised support for her local marketing activities and more assistance in growing her digital marketing presence that drew her to Travellers Choice.

“Essentially I wanted to be part of a smaller group in which I could enjoy more meaningful relationships, especially at a local level with my state Business Development Manager.”

Owner of Top Deck Travel, Clare Horton

She also wanted to access new commercial opportunities, like those presented by Travellers Choice’s arrangement with TripADeal.

Geoff and Sandy Richardson who have operated Devonport Travel and Cruise in Tasmania for the past seven years like the freedom Travellers Choice’s offers member shareholders.

“We enjoy all the support and benefits of being part of a national group,” Geoff Richardson said.

“But at the same time we are free to do our own thing and grow whenever and wherever opportunities arise.”

Chris and Gemma Watson of Chris Watson Travel in Tamworth when investigating retail group options the Travellers Choice brand and vision immediately resonated.

“We are an independent and family-owned small business and culturally we saw it as a natural fit,” he says.

“At the same time, the relationship with TripADeal has been a great added bonus because it has provided a point-of-difference to our retail shop front and delivered significant growth to our business.”

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