London, May 2021 – James Beagrie, owner of Meon Valley Travel joins the Board of Advantage Travel Partnership this May 2021 as a Non-Executive Director. Advantage is the UK’s largest independent travel agent consortium collectively producing over £4.5bn of travel sales annually.
Having purchased the business of Meon Valley Travel from First Choice Plc in 2002 Beagrie understands the need for good judgement and the commitment required in running both leisure and business travel disciplines. Having founded Suretravel and International Medical Rescue insurance and assistance businesses at the tender age of 23 and as a former managing director of AON UK Plc, Beagrie brings with him a wealth of insurance and travel industry knowledge across both Public and Private sectors.
Beagrie commented, “As travel sets to recover from this overwhelming pandemic, we expect a more complex roadmap and Advantage’s travel agent members will need knowledgeable support to face the opportunity head-on. In the current climate, I look forward to making a distinct contribution and helping members navigate this challenging new landscape”.
Steven Esom, Chairman of Advantage added, “Advantage Travel Partnership is an organisation run with our members’ needs at the heart of everything we do. At board level, our non-executive directors play a crucial role in working with the executive team to help shape the strategic future of Advantage. We are excited to welcome James to the board”.
Beagrie commented following Meon Valley Travel’s TTG Award this year as Best Agency in the South East that he felt it was a good time to reciprocate support to the travel industry. “It has been a tough time for the travel sector, but I believe there will be sunnier days ahead as the appetite for international travel continues to grow into confirmed bookings”.
Beagrie’s tenure will officially begin in May 2021, announced at the recent Advantage Annual General Meeting.
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