A travel agent who opened her store amid the pandemic has won a prestigious award at a key industry event.
Bourne travel professional Shaun Taylor has been named Best New Travel Agent of 2022 at the Travel Industry Awards.
Shaun opened Inspire Travel by Shaun in Abbey Road in June 2021 and was delighted to win the award.
He said: “Hearing my name announced as the winner of the Best Newcomer award has to remain one of the most incredible moments of my life. I have worked so hard to make my travel business in Bourne a success, since it launched in the height of the pandemic, and this recognition is certainly worth it.
Lisa Henning, Managing Director of Inspire (Europe), of which Shaun is a member, added, “We couldn’t be more proud to have Shaun and his budding business on our team of independent travel advisors. He was extremely brave in establishing his business during the pandemic and this award is so well deserved.
The Travel Industry Awards 2022 by TTG, in association with JetBlue, took place last Thursday (September 29) at Magazine London, next to the O2 Arena, and was co-hosted by actor and comedian Richard Ayoade. Nearly 1,000 Travel Industry Figures
A panel of judges said, “Shaun’s dedication to developing his product knowledge along with some great examples of caring customer service really helped him stand out. Treating every client “like a VIP”, Shaun has had one client book five vacations with him since last September. With a range of community and sustainability-focused initiatives underway, we can’t wait to see what Shaun does next.
Pippa Jacks, Group Editor of TTG Media, said: “With hundreds of entries and a robust judging system, TTG’s Travel Industry Awards are the hardest to win in the travel industry, and any company or individual who wins a trophy at night. can really feel that they are the best in their field.