Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland travel company picks up top gong at industry-wide awards

By Margaret Canning

Northern Ireland travel firm Selective Travel Management has won an award for innovator of the year at the Travel Media Awards.

The business, which was founded by Mukesh Sharma and is now part of the World Travel Centre Group, was recognised for its staff training and investment in technology at a ceremony in Dublin.

Mr Sharma said: "It is a great honour for Selective Travel Management and World Travel Centre to have been recognised for this award by key players in the Ireland-wide travel sector. We particularly relish recognition from people who are acknowledged experts in the field of travel and very much at the top of their game."

He said investing in technology, employees and training had helped it develop into a "24/7" business, and enabled it to become a leader in the corporate travel, incentive and conferencing sectors. Earlier this year the firm won a major share of a £100m, three-year deal to provide travel services to over colleges in Britain.

Aidan Coghlan, managing director of World Travel Centre Group, said: "Recent multi-million pound contract wins reinforces our position as one of the leading and fastest growing independent travel management companies."

Selective Travel Management has its roots in Thriftway Travel, a business started up by Mukesh's father Braham in 1982, with its first office opening in Great Victoria Street in 1984. The firm grew into Selective Travel Management, after mergers and acquisitions of Thriftway, McNeill Rigby, Menary Travel and Corporate Travel. It employs 80 people.

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