THE forward momentum of Northern Ireland’s leading independent tour operator Travel Solutions continued to soar at the weekend when the Belfast-based company walked away with one award and was shortlisted for no fewer than four others.
High flying Travel Solutions beat off stiff competition to scoop the award for ‘Best Short Break Tours Operator’at the 23rd annual NI Travel and Tourism Awards which took place on Friday night at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle.
The ‘Oscars’ of the local travel and tourism industry awards also saw Travel Solutions receive nominations for Best Ski Operator, Best Sales Support Team to the NI Travel Trade, Best Travel Internet Booking System and Best Travel Trade Representative in the form of popular local character Robert Wilson.
The expanding company has gone from strength to strength in recent years developing a dedicated air division in 2013 and a Balkan Ski department in 2014 and is now the only tour operator in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland to offer winter ski holidays to Bulgaria.
Travel Solutions managing director Peter McMinn was thrilled to see the company receive the title of Best Short Break Tours Operator and with the rest of its nominations.
“We are absolutely delighted to win Best Short Break Tours Operator at the NI Travel and Tourism Awards,” said Mr McMinn. “This award highlights the great support we have received from the travel industry on our development from coach operator to short break operator and endorses our decision to create a dedicated air division that enables us to offer a wider range of holiday product to Northern Ireland holidaymakers.
“Almost as pleasing as winning Best Short Break Operator is the amount of awards that we were shortlisted for this year, which reflects the growth of our business and ever increasing diversity of our product range.
“To be nominated for Best Ski Operator is a great endorsement of confidence from the travel trade just six months after introducing our ski programme – while our Best Trade Support nomination reflects our commitment to our travel agent partners which has helped us increase agent sales year on year,” he added.
“Being shortlisted for Best Internet Booking System alongside much bigger companies inspires us to enhance our online facility, while we’re all delighted to see our trade representative Robert Wilson nominated in his category as he has been a long standing star of the local travel industry.
“These are very exciting times for Travel Solutions. The company has grown tremendously over the past couple of years and I believe that this award, along with all our other nominations, gives us a great platform to continue that growth,” concluded Peter.
For more information on Travel Solutions and its award-winning range of holidays, short breaks and day trips, call 028 9045 5030, click on www.travel-solutions.co.uk or visit your local travel agent.
Established in 1996, Travel Solutions carries around 30,000 customers per year. Working with well established, professional transport and accommodation suppliers, the award winning tour operator offers a wide range of air and coach holidays and short breaks to an ever growing portfolio of destinations and events throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.