Columbus Direct Win Major Travel Insurance Award

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The International Travel Industry Journal (ITIJ) award for intermediary of the year in 2008 has been presented to Columbus Direct ( Columbus, who are one of the UK's longest established travel insurance companies, won this award in a category that included fierce competition from other holiday insurers.

We keep listening to our customers and responding with our services

Columbus Direct, (, were named Travel Insurance Intermediary of the Year 2008, at an award ceremony in Budapest, having been short listed with other insurers, Preferential and Insure and Go. The ITIJ consider opinions from a wide range of travel insurers and brokers in order to compile their short lists: which are reviewed by an independent judging panel who are looking for excellence in product benefits, customer service and website usability.

David Shortland, Marketing Director, Columbus Direct:
"We are delighted to accept this award and to receive the recognition of our peers in the industry. We've insured millions of travellers since 1988, so we know what people are looking for in a policy. What we continue to offer is a good service for the web-savvy customer and for those who prefer to have their questions answered over the telephone, and in both cases we'll quote the same low prices."

As a well known brand for holiday insurance, Columbus Direct has always concentrated on competitive pricing, excellent customer support and offering people a range of options so they can choose the level of cover that suits them best.

"We keep listening to our customers and responding with our services," continued David. "Whether they take single-trip or annual travel insurance, we're happy that many keep coming back to Columbus -- as a name they can trust."

Notes to Editors:

Established in 1988, Columbus Direct is celebrating its twentieth year as one of the UK's leading travel insurance specialists. Columbus Direct is an independent provider renowned for offering a range of dedicated policies for people with pre-existing medical conditions, ensuring they can travel safely for a reasonable price.

Travel Insurance from Columbus Direct is available online at:

Further coverage of 2008 ITIJ Awards is available at:

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