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Northern Ireland travel business lands £5.5m contract as sales soar


New contracts: Keith Graham

New contracts: Keith Graham

New contracts: Keith Graham

One of Northern Ireland's leading travel firms has secured a major contract worth £5.5m.

Selective Travel Management has been appointed to provide and manage the £5m travel budget on behalf of the University of York, plus a further £500,000 budget for York St John University.

Keith Graham, managing director of Belfast-based Selective Travel Management, said: "Competing and winning at a European level sets the seal on our achievements in 2016 and tees us up for further growth in the year to come.

"We have long been recognised as one of this region's largest independent travel agencies and we are now also one of the fastest growing companies in our sector in the UK. The University of York is a member of the elite Russell Group of Universities, made up of 24 leading researched-based universities, of which Selective Travel already services seven.

"It is a dynamic, research-intensive university committed to the development of life-saving discoveries and new technologies which will tackle some of the most pressing global challenges, while York St John's University is well known for its academic excellence, strong community spirit and magnificent campus.

"Competition to secure this prestigious tender was intense and we feel enormously privileged to be working with such internationally acclaimed institutions."

And the firm has witnessed a surge in sales over the last year, with turnover rising by more than 40% to £42m.

"In the last year Selective Travel has experienced almost unprecedented new business growth," added Mr Graham.

Belfast Telegraph