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Booked your holiday with an ABTA Travel Agent, or an online company? Can you be sure that you are financially covered in the event of the agent or supplier going bust?

(PRWEB) February 11, 2006 -- Local travel agent Fiona Woodruffe based in Old Town, Swindon, who works for award-winning national travel agency Travel Counsellors PLC is expecting a big boom in business thanks to the fact that her company now offers much better financial protection than that provided by ABTA.

New rules brought in by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) mean that even if customers book their holiday through their local ABTA travel agent, ABTA no longer guarantees the customer will get their money back should that agent go bust.

In contrast Fiona's company, Travel Counsellors, operates a Financial Trust, independently administered by the Barclays Bank Trust Company. Unlike customers booking through ABTA agencies, Travel Counsellors’ customers can be sure that when they book their travel arrangements that should either Travel Counsellors PLC - or the supplier that their holiday has been booked with - fail, that their money is 100% guaranteed. The Trust means each and every one of its clients can be sure they will be fully reimbursed in the event of ANY supplier failure – including low cost airlines, scheduled air, package holidays, accommodation only and car hire.

She says: “In my opinion this latest move by ABTA is extremely bad news for travel customers in the UK. I am sure that many more customers in the Wiltshire area will now choose to book with me, not just because of the personal service and attention to detail I provide, but because of the financial security they receive through the Travel Counsellors Trust. It gives all my customers a copper bottomed guarantee that their money is 100% protected.”

The Financial Trust is just one of a number of reasons why people choose to book their holidays with Travel Counsellors. Its consultants, who have an average of 20 years travel industry experience, concentrate on providing exceptional levels of personal service. Working from home and using award winning technology they are available at a time to suit the customer – meaning unlike high street agencies they can be contacted during the evenings and at weekends.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Travel Counsellors PLC is one of the UK’s largest independent travel agencies with turnover at the end of its last financial year (Oct 312005) of £150 million, a 17% increase year on year. Founded by chairman David Speakman in 1994 it currently has over 560 travel consultants nationwide who work from home with the support of over 110 staff at the company’s head office in Bolton, Greater Manchester. During 2005 it also expanded into Southern Ireland, where it now has 15 consultants and the Netherlands, where it has six consultants to date. Travel Counsellors prides itself on the exceptional levels of personal service it offers its clients, a fact that was recognised in 2003 when it received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Travel Counsellors places all customer money in a Trust account, administered by the Barclays Bank Trust Company, which guarantees a 100% refund in the event that a supplier collapses.

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