Manchester-based Travel Counsellors has reported a 24% jump in corporate bookings year on year.
Releasing its financial results for the 12 months ended October 31, the group of more than 2,000 independent business owners said it grew UK corporate bookings to £209 million, breaking the £200 million mark for the first time.
UK leisure bookings increased by 22% year on year to £552 million, giving a total annual bookings of £933m, up 23% on 2022 and 16% more than in 2019.
“The SME business travel sector is booming,” said Kieran Hartwell, Managing Director Corporate.
“At Travel Counsellors our UK corporate bookings have reached a record high this year and we’ve welcomed over 25 new corporate travel counsellors. This is a clear demonstration that SME clients are not slowing down and looking to partner with like-minded, service oriented partners to help power their growth.
“Looking to 2024, this trend will continue unabated and SME corporates will – more than ever before – seek out business relationships that have care and human touch at the very heart.”
Steve Byrne, Travel Counsellors CEO, added: “FY23 was an amazing year for Travel Counsellors. We achieved continued transformational growth by disrupting the travel market and welcomed a record number of new customers who trusted our community of outstanding travel counsellors with their leisure and corporate travel needs.”