Happy New Year 2017

New Year Thoughts and Reflections

As is tradition, we take this time to look back and reflect on the year and set plans and goals for the next. For a list of some of the top travel destinations for bringing in the new year, see our post from last year.

2016 was very well known for the long list of icons we sadly lost including Terry Wogan, Prince, David Bowie, Mohammed Ali, Victoria Wood, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Alongside this we saw Brexit, Trump winning the US Election, the exploding Samsung phones and Bake-off leaving the BBC. Aside from all that we still had many positive stories such as Leicester City winning the Premier League, celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday and our Olympic and Paralympic teams bringing home a record number of medals from Rio. Here are some of the highlights of our year here at The Travel Visa Company:

Taking a look back at 2016

Business Events

Following last year’s success at the Business Travel Show, we teamed up with MPI Brokers in February to exhibit again with a newly designed stand. We thoroughly enjoyed the two days and met a whole host of new business contacts and were able to showcase our newest product offerings. Read our blog about the event to learn more about Europe’s leading exhibition and conference dedicated to Corporate Travel.

We also attended a number of events for ITT Future You who run days at many universities across the UK to share knowledge about the travel industry to aspiring students. We were delighted to offer advice and support to the hundreds of young people who are no doubt the future of travel. Some of the key areas we spoke about were Apprenticeship opportunities, teaching/studying abroad and sharing our knowledge of the various different types of visas and entry requirements for countries worldwide.


Charity Fundraising

For 2016 our chosen charity was the Family Holiday Association to support their 500 for 500 campaign. This set us a £500 target and we had ambitious plans to raise this amount. After a lot of planning, on 20th July we did a non-stop 24hr Around The World cycle in partnership with STUDIO 4ORCE Personal Training. It was a great success and everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed taking part – our grand total for the year was £812.50!


New Products

We have a strong focus on researching and developing new services for our clients and customers. There have been many changes to the entry requirements in 2016 and we have been at the forefront in keeping up with the new application systems and travel visas. Our comprehensive portfolio of media visa services have expanded to cover even more countries, travellers can apply with us for their new Canadian ETA, we support a number of tour operators and travel agents in obtaining Cuban Tourist Cards and have partnered with a number of companies to branch out into other essential travel services. Masta can provide our customers with expert advice about health requirements, those who would like added protection can sign-up with ConsularAssist for round-the-clock assistance worldwide and business travellers can obtain their ATA Carnets to cover their equipment for travel.


Award Winners!

After winning the award for Excellence in Customer Service last year, we were excited to be up for another award this in 2016. This was a bit different to our usual nominations as it was for one particular individual in our team – our Social Media and Marketing apprentice James Healy. The hard work and effort he put in during the past year on his course really paid off and we were delighted to hear his name announced as Apprentice of the Year at the South Cheshire Chamber Awards. He is now working towards a higher-level degree apprenticeship and continues to be a role-model for our future apprentices. As well as winning an award, we were keen to support the chamber and sponsored the Exporter of the Year award. Read more about the event here or watch the highlights from the evening.


New Arrivals

Our review of the year wouldn’t be complete without celebrating the new arrivals in our company. Not just our new staff members but also the new additions outside the office. Our Managing Director and Head of Sales both became first-time grandparents and our Operations Manager is now a very proud mother. Congratulations!


Plans for 2017

After a hugely successful 2015, we had ambitious goals and our hard working staff have achieved some incredible results. The past year is another testament to our team – continuing to win awards, surpassing our fundraising targets and continuing to be one of the UKs fastest growing travel visa agencies. Some of our main aims for the year ahead is to work on re-designing our application packs to improve usability, continue the development of our website for use on mobiles and tablets, developing new services and to continue expanding our team. We also plan to focus on smaller business events in our local community and, once again, raise as much as we can for charity.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support as we look forward to the next 12 months.

 

Happy New Year from The Travel Visa Company!

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Family Holiday Association Charity Day

Fundraising

If you didn’t already know, the team here at The Travel Visa Company have pledged to raise £500 for The Family Holiday Association. To raise this money, we decided to cycle the world in 24 hours!

The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing British seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.

We have had a brilliant few days of fundraising with the whole team taking part! Aside from the cycling, the two days saw the team take part in all manner of mini games and activities, ranging from our 1000 piece world map jigsaw (which is very close to being completed!) to in-office basketball as-well as a whole host of other activities to help raise money for The Family Holiday Association.

The Travel Visa Company Team

We are very proud to say that we have successfully cycled for 24 hours non-stop!

Our 19 participants managed to cycle 250 miles. During this time we…


Around The World In 24 Hours Infographic


Thank You!

To all the members of our team that took part in our cycle, Crewe Hall who kept us topped up with cold drinks and refreshments, STUDIO 4ORCE Personal Training who very kindly donated one of their exercise bikes for the event …and not forgetting Ange and Michelle from The Family Holiday Association who travelled all the way from London to visit us as we completed the cycle! We cannot thank you enough.

Don’t Forget

You can still donate and help us reach our target of £500! Visit our JustGiving page here.

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Around The World In 24 Hours

This year we have chosen to support The Family Holiday Association.

The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing British seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.

To celebrate our new relationship with FHA, we have pledged to raise £500 which will be raised through our latest (and greatest) charity event:

Around the world in 24 hours!

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On the 20th of July, Team Travel Visa will be carrying out a 24 hour non-stop cycle around the world! We have arranged for an Exercise bike to be set-up in the office, which has been kindly donated by the very generous people at STUDIO 4ORCE Personal Training, and we will be cycling the equivalent of 250 Miles / 400 Kilometres.

Visit our JustGiving Page to donate >

Now, obviously, to cycle around the world is a mammoth job! Especially in under 24 hours. Fortunately for us, our crack team of mathematicians have calculated a formula that will help us to achieve this goal!

So for each mile we clock on an exercise bike it will be 100 miles on the map. The circumference of the Earth is almost 25,000 miles (meaning we will need to cycle 250 miles).

We have given ourselves 24 hours to cycle around the world, but we hope to finish the cycle in 22 hours (if all goes to plan). The event will take place from 3pm on Wednesday the 20th and will continue into the night and through to the morning, with an estimated completion time of 1pm.

The Family Holiday Association is a charity that we, as a business, are passionate about and we are very excited to be able to raise money for a cause that we care so much about.

To donate to this chairty which really is close to our hearts, simply go to our JustGiving page.

Throughout the cycle we will be constantly updating our social media accounts so keep an eye out!

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SPONSOR – Studio 4orce

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All personal training sessions are conducted by John Howell, a fully qualified PT Instructor. John’s qualifications were gained though a leading UK Training Provider.

Annual Charity Round-up

The year so far

It has been a busy year for our community and charity events! We have taken part in more events and are getting more involved with charity fundraising that we have ever been both for our chosen charity – Cancer Research UK – and for many other causes:

From having a slippers day and cake baking to getting all the men in lipstick, wearing pink and having a buffet of red food & drink… it’s safe to say we have had a lot of fun! Our main charity event of the last year was the Great Manchester Run which was much more challenging and saw 6 staff members training for many weeks in the lead up to the event – raising funds for both Mid Cheshire Hospitals Scanner Appeal and ABTA Lifeline.

We raised a total of £1,041.20 in the past 12 months!

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As we have reached the end of our financial year, it’s time for us to choose a new charity to support for 2015/16. Look out for all our future efforts in hoping to top last years total. If you have any fundraising ideas or know of any events we should get involved with, please let us know!


 

The Family Holiday Association

fhaWe have decided that we will be supporting The Family Holiday Association as our chosen charity of the year. The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing British seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.

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