Last updated: 02:30 PM ET, Thu March 12 2015

Kuoni Named Europe’s Top Group Tour Operator

Tour Operator | Travel Bound | David Cogswell | March 12, 2015

Kuoni Named Europe’s Top Group Tour Operator

Kuoni Group Travel Experts, a division of the Zurich, Switzerland-based travel giant Kuoni, was voted Europe’s best tour operator in the European Group Travel Awards.

The award was given March 5 at a gala awards ceremony at the InterContinental Berlin and received by Kuoni Group CEO David Painter on behalf of the company. It was one of 21 awards given to recognize excellence in the group travel business.

Upon receiving the award Painter said, “I’m very proud that we have been recognized with this award and grateful to customers and suppliers who continue to commend us for the 50,000 group tours we support every year. Businesses that welcome group tours appreciate our global presence, our local marketing advice and services, and the market-leading performance of our technology. However, none of our success would be possible without the passion and enthusiasm that everyone at Kuoni – every expert – brings to their work every day.”

Kuoni is one of the largest travel companies in the world, selling 50,000 tours a year, employing 8,000 people and generating $3.4 billion in 2014. The company sells 38,000 hotel rooms a day online. It is Europe’s third largest travel company, after Tui and Thomas Cook.

Kuoni is the parent company of Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA) a global wholesaler of travel components. Travel Bound is the U.S. brand of GTA.

The original Group Travel Awards was established in London in 1997 to recognize the best suppliers in the UK’s group travel business. It has since expanded to cover the American and now European markets.

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