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TravelUp Group extends Atol licence and launches brand targeting backpackers  

Posted by Lee Hayhurst on
TravelUp Group extends Atol licence and launches brand targeting backpackers  

The TravelUp Group has launched a new brand aimed at backpackers as it increased its Atol licence to cover more than 200,000 annual customers.

Backpacker by TravelUp Student offers flexible student and youth travel with a wide range of flights, accommodation, touring and experience options.

The programme cover many of the most popular destinations in the world including Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and the Americas.

Travel UP is offering a ‘Price Beat Guarantee’ with customers given reassurance that they are getting their chosen product for the cheapest price available.

The newly-established student travel brand is headed up by Tyron Hamlin who, with 24 years’ experience in the travel industry and most recently as tailor-made sales manager at STA Travel, brings with him a wealth of knowledge to the new venture.

TravelUp Group founder and chief executive Ali Shah said: “I am delighted that TUG (TravelUp Group) has now expanded its offering to include youth and student travel.

“With our group’s proven track record and our Price Beat Guarantee, I am confident our student division will grow its presence in this market rapidly and sustainably.”

Backpacker by TravelUp Student has been attending fresher’s fairs up and down the country throughout September and October.

TUG said it is seeing continued growth reporting a 58% increase in gross sales and group turnover in excess of £300 million.

The Aldermaston-based firm said pre-tax profits grew 86% for the financial year ending March 31, 2018.

This has been driven by growth in its accommodation-only division, which has launched in five overseas territories including the US and Australia, and the development of its package holiday divisions.

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