Latest News & Blog

Do you need a Helping Hand?

  • 04 Feb 2022
  • David Moon

We know the last 2 years have been hard for all members, working tirelessly and often with limited resource. With an upturn in enquiries and bookings this will inevitably place further pressure on you and your business. Advantage is here to support you and we are delighted to launch our Helping Hands initiative!

Advantage welcomes TMC Easy Avenues

  • 18 Jan 2022
  • Sonia Michael

London-based award-winning travel management company Easy Avenues has joined as a member of The Advantage Travel Partnership. Easy Avenues has been trading for 12 years and has 14 staff providing business travel and events services for their clients. Michelle Roughan, CEO of Easy Avenues, said: “The reputation of Advantage and the benefits membership offers us as a TMC were key to our decision to join."

‘Holidays are sooo 2022’ Turn of Year Campaign

  • 20 Dec 2021
  • Danni de Nervaux

The Advantage Travel Partnership has launched a multi-channel marketing campaign, ‘Holidays are sooo 2022’ to support travel agents during this time. With the ongoing changes to travel restrictions, Advantage believes there is an opportunity for its travel agent members to attract new customers as well as support existing ones, by demonstrating their expertise in navigating the current complexities around travelling overseas.

Advantage TMC member insights into the impact of the US opening

  • 11 Nov 2021
  • Sonia Michael

Today marks a momentous day for transatlantic travel. Advantage members have been hugely affected by their travellers not being able to travel to the US for so long and none more so than our global business travel members. So, we asked seven TMC members how they felt today’s events would affect the industry and the sector moving forward and the importance of the US market to their businesses. Read on to hear their views.

Moving Forward Together Makes Us Stronger

  • 04 Oct 2021
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said

From 4am on 04 October the rules in relation to international travel have been updated with the traffic light system replaced by a Red List and a Rest of the World category. Advantage CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said reflects on how the news will affect the travel recovery roadmap, and talks about what's next at Advantage following receiving the Travel Legend Award at last week's Travel Industry by TTG Awards.

Why it’s important more than ever to have the right insurance policies in place for your business

  • 13 Sep 2021
  • Heather Haggis

As the travel industry is beginning to recover, we know how important it is to ensure your customer’s trips take place without a hitch. In this blog update, Heather Haggis, our Head of Advantage Financial Services (AFS), talks about the importance of sourcing the right financial protection for your businesses.

How do you start your own travel business off the back of a global pandemic?

  • 16 Aug 2021
  • Kelly Cookes

Setting up a travel agency under a ‘managed branch’ model is becoming a more popular option for those thinking of realising their dreams and starting their own travel business. Kelly Cookes shares why now might just be the right time for you to 'start your own travel business'.

Is it time to re-evaluate the role of the TMC?

  • 20 May 2021
  • Guest blogger

In what could be the biggest era of change for business travel, and specifically the role of the TMC, in association with leading mid-office software supplier Midoco, we assembled a panel of leading sector players to ask the question: Is it time to re-evaluate the role of the TMC? Midoco’s David Chappell shares a summary of the discussion.

A first-hand experience as international travel reopened on 17 May 2021

  • 18 May 2021
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said

On 17 May 2021, international travel for UK travellers officially restarted. We wanted a first-hand experience of the total travel experience, so Advantage CEO, Julia Lo Bue-Said booked the first flight out Faro, along with Advantage member, Jackie Steadman from Traveltime World. Read a full summary of Julia’s travel experience including the testing experience and the process at the airport.

Leading through a pandemic

  • 13 Apr 2021
  • Danni de Nervaux

Advantage CEO, Julia Lo Bue-Said, has been featured in a new Senior Women Leaders series ‘Leading during a pandemic’, as part of a Deloitte Inspiring Women Leaders in Travel initiative. Read Julia's story here.

Advantage people: supporting the vaccination rollout programme

  • 19 Mar 2021
  • Danni de Nervaux

Jo Dentry, our inhouse PA, has been on flexible working hours since the pandemic broke out. In December she heard her local Doctor’s surgery needed volunteers for the vaccination rollout in her area, so she signed up. We wanted to find out what had motivated Jo to volunteer and what the experience has been like for her…

Being a female CEO during a pandemic

  • 08 Mar 2021
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said

When I look back over the past twelve months, it is frightening to reflect on how much our industry has been through. We have been challenged like never before.

The value of joining a travel agent consortium

  • 25 Feb 2021
  • Kelly Cookes

Advantage Travel Partnership leisure director Kelly Cookes examines the benefits of joining a consortium and what travel agents should consider when it comes to making a decision.

Coming together as a single voice to protect future travel

  • 17 Feb 2021
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said

It’s important that we are using the right avenues to lobby the relevant government departments in a considered and balanced manner, in order to protect the industry’s reputation

Congratulations on your new business Sarah Kelley!

  • 20 Jan 2021
  • Danni de Nervaux

Former Advantage member, Sarah Kelley decided to set up her new business through Advantage Managed Services Trust Account (AMS). We wanted to catch up with Sarah to find out more about her plans for Future Travel Group.

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