LONDON, UK – Monday, 4 July, 2016 – Travel Leaders UK, comprised of Protravel International UK and Tzell UK, is today formally announcing the appointment of longtime airline industry leader Gail Grimmett as its new President. Additionally, industry veteran Ade Taiwo has been named Financial Controller for Travel Leaders UK. Worldwide, Protravel and Tzell have together grown to an annual turnover of more than £2.8 billion, largely through its expert travel focus on the entertainment industry, other high-touch corporate clientele and the luxury leisure sector.
Last month, Grimmett was introduced to the respective Protravel UK and Tzell UK teams during a visit to the London offices to meet with Travel Leaders UK’s Managing Director Tina Rose and Executive Director of Business Development and Acquisitions Barry Whittaker.
“Among all the various segments that have contributed to the remarkable growth of Travel Leaders Group, along with Protravel UK and Tzell UK in particular, none have been more intrinsic to their success than serving the vast and varying high-touch travel needs of the entertainment industry, followed closely by providing luxury leisure expertise to discerning clientele,” Grimmett noted. “I am thrilled to be leading the growing operation here in the United Kingdom, which has risen to number 24 among the Top 50 Leading TMCs in the UK and is poised for further accelerated increases.”
In May, after 19 years in key executive roles within Delta Air Lines, Grimmett was named as the new President of the combined US operations for Protravel and Tzell. She is now leading the senior leadership teams from both Protravel and Tzell on both sides of the Atlantic.
“After years of working with both Protravel and Tzell from the supplier side and recognizing how each of them have earned their places as the agencies of choice for the most discerning and elite clientele, it’s an incredible honour to be joining these two distinguished teams both in the United Kingdom and the United States,” stated Grimmett. “We look forward to working together to take Travel Leaders UK, our agents and our valued customers to new heights.”
Before joining Protravel and Tzell, Grimmett served as Delta’s Senior Vice President, Global New York, where she had full financial and commercial responsibility for the airline’s domestic and international performance in New York. During this time, she delivered over US $6 billion of revenue to the company annually. As a champion for New York, her many volunteer roles and professional achievements led to her being named among the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by Crain’s Business.
Prior to her last leadership role with Delta, Grimmett served in several other distinguished capacities with the airline, and she began career as a Senior Regulatory Economist with the U.S. Department of Labor.
During her visit to London’s Travel Leaders UK offices in Covent Garden, Grimmett formally introduced Ade Taiwo as the operation’s Financial Controller. With more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry, including his experience working in “The Appointment Group,” Taiwo’s intimate knowledge of the travel industry, accounting and finance make him a “perfect fit” for his new role, according to Grimmett.
Protravel Executive Travel and Tzell UK are among the UK’s leading travel companies that employ independent agents and agencies. Combined, the two brands are ranked number 24 within the top 50 travel management companies in the UK. They each manage high-end corporate customers. In addition Pro Executive Travel operates a vibrant leisure and cruise business, Scotia Travel based in Glasgow, and is also one of the largest – and sole representative – members of luxury travel consortium Virtuoso. Both Pro Executive Travel and Tzell UK are members of UK and Ireland travel agency consortium the Advantage Travel Partnership and are also leading members of the Focus Group Partnership.
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About Protravel International LLC:
Protravel International LLC is a Travel Leaders Group company. Founded in 1984, Protravel International LLC is a full-service, dynamic travel company with an award-winning reputation. With annual sales reaching close to US$1 billion, Protravel is headquartered in New York City and supports 20 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Today, approximately 1,000 people make up the Protravel organisation. Our expertise in destination, international faring and competitive products – coupled with our superior network of contacts in the airline, hotel, cruise and hospitality industry – makes Protravel one of the most powerful selling forces in the travel industry.
Protravel’s diversity of products, size of annual sales and nationally recognised stature permits them to leverage these strengths to bring the most competitive pricing and aggressive negotiations for our highly diverse client base. It is a company-wide commitment to search for the best possible travel options for our customers. Travel arrangements are personally tailored to take optimum advantage of the most up to the minute changes in the industry.
For many years, a dedicated team has guided Protravel with innovative ideas and skills. By incorporating the latest technologies and carefully monitoring industry developments, the finest products and highest levels of service are maintained. The continued success of Protravel is a testament to our sound operation and well-planned development.
About Tzell Travel Group:
With annual sales of nearly US$3 billion, Tzell Travel Group – as part of Travel Leaders Group – is currently ranked first among the America’s largest corporate travel management companies, according to Business Travel News. Tzell maintains its headquarters in New York City and has offices in 20 states and the United Kingdom.
In everything it does, Tzell Travel Group places the highest priority on both its clients and its agents. For the individual traveller, Tzell addresses value, convenience, comfort and safety, with its customised quality traveler services. For the corporation, Tzell offers a broad product line of cost containment, meeting services and comprehensive travel management programmes.
Tzell focuses on the needs of its agents by providing the best work environment possible and the strongest leadership and support team. These elements combined with excellent air/hotel leisure programmes create the “safe haven” which is a hallmark of the Tzell brand.
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