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High Street Travel Agents
There are a number of well-known high street travel agents that operate in the UK, and here we give you the low down on the main ones: Lunn Poly and Thomson, which recently merged, Going Places, Thomas Cook, Trailfinders, First Choice and Co-op Travel.
Thomson (and Lunn Poly)
With one of the widest ranges of holidays available from a UK travel agent and its own charter airline and holiday reps, Thomson is among the most popular travel agents in the UK. The company, which merged with Lunn Poly and Britannia some three years ago, is now undergoing a period or change and rebranding, as all 780 Lunn Poly high street travel agents throughout the UK take the name Thomson, along with Lunn Poly’s television shopping channel.
Thomson has been organising family holidays, lone travel excursions, city breaks and other holidays to thousands of destinations across the world since 1965. The company offers flights and accommodation, ranging from self-catering to all-inclusive, to destinations such as Australia, America, Greek Islands, France, Spain and Italy.
Whether you’re off on honeymoon, a family summer holiday, a winter break, or a city getaway, Going Places is one of the UK's leading high street travel agents and offers customers a choice of thousands of holidays to the world's best-loved places, such as Australia, United States of America and Spain.
This travel agent arranges holidays through some of the UK’s most well known tour operators, including Airtours, Aspro, Bridge, Cosmos, Cresta, Escapades, Eurostar and Manos. Going Places has been established for a number of years and has branches in most towns and cities across the UK, where millions of holidays are booked every year.
From a successful one-day rail excursion from Leicester to Loughborough in July 1841, Thomas Cook has grown into one the world’s leading travel agents, organising holidays, city breaks and excursions to places across the globe. The company now employs 28,000 people in 3800 locations worldwide, and is owned by Thomas Cook AG, which acquired Thomas Cook in March 2001. Thomas Cook AG is the second largest travel group in Europe and the third largest in the world.
Co-op Travel is the largest independent travel agent in the UK, and is a division of United Co-operative Ltd, which operates in food, healthcare, funerals and cars. You will find a number of Co-op Travel branches in the UK, mainly in the northwest of England.
The First Choice Company is made up of three divisions; First Choice the travel agent, which offers a wide range of holidays and charter flights across the world to destinations such as Majorca, Menorca, the Canaries, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey and the Caribbean.
Secondly, Unijet has a selection of quality self-catering apartments and villas throughout the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Florida, which can be rented by UK holidaymakers throughout the year. And finally, 2wentys is a special tour operating division of First Choice, which caters for young partygoers who are venturing off on holiday to clubbing hotspots such as Ibiza.
Established in 1970, Trailfinders is one of the UK's leading independent travel companies and specialises in creating individual tailormade holidays and excursions wherever you want to go in the world. With a wide range of discounted airfares, hotels, tours, cruises and vehicle rental, there really is a lot of choice when you visit a Trailfinders travel agent.
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