The UK-based Trafalgar Tours is increasing its business in Asia thanks to strong local economic prospects.
The number of travellers booking with Trafalgar from Asia is anticipated to rise by 48% to 29,000 packages this year, with Singapore making up 40% of travellers, followed by Malaysia at 25%, the Philippines 25%, and other countries the remainder.
"The company expects each of its general sales agents will expand by 25% in their first year, due to a small starting base," said Nicholas Lim, regional director of Trafalgar.
India and Thailand are considered promising markets for Trafalgar in the near term.
He said the strong baht against the euro offers a good opportunity for Thais to travel to Europe. Now the rate is 38 baht to the euro, compared with an average of 47 baht the past three years.
Wanida Hongasunirandon, travel manager of Holiday Tours & Travel (Thailand) Ltd, the Thai agent for Trafalgar, said it is confident Thai bookings for Trafalgar from 2013 to 2017 will grow by at least 20% a year, up from 100 packages sold last year.
Trafalgar provides guided holidays to over 200 destinations worldwide. It is owned by the Travel Corporation, which has been in business since 1947. It provides local experts and guides, and offers a variety of packages for individuals, couples, groups and families.
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