Essential Travel Takes Top Spot at Prestigious Travel Industry Awards

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EssentialTravel.co.uk has been named the Best Holiday Add-on Site 2010 at the prestigious Travelmole Awards at a ceremony in London.

Essential Travel, a leading provider of travel products, has recently scooped a top accolade as leading travel industry figures voted its website, http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk, the Best Holiday Add-on Site at the prestigious Travelmole Awards at a ceremony in London.

Nearly 300 people from the travel industry gathered at the awards, which were held at Canada House in Trafalgar Square, London. The Travelmole Awards are now into their eighth year and saw record numbers of companies nominating themselves to be considered for a hotly contested award.

Simon Purnell, Managing Director of Essential Travel, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with this award. Essential Travel is all about offering travellers great value holiday extras on one website. To be recognised by the travel industry as the Best Holiday Add-on Site is the ultimate accolade for us. Our customers are at the heart of our focus and the team will continue to work hard to deliver exceptional products that make our customers holidays safer, cheaper and easier.”

Essential Travel is owned by Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, which also saw its sustainability website, http://www.thomascook.com/sustainable-tourism be shortlisted for the Best Responsible Tourism site.

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About Thomas Cook UK & Ireland:
Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is the second largest leisure travel group in the UK with around 19,000 employees, a network of more than 800 high street stores (Thomas Cook and Going Places), leading websites (http://www.thomascook.com), and some of the world's favourite travel brands.
These brands include Airtours, Club 18-30, Cresta, Cruise Thomas Cook, Direct Holidays, Elegant Resorts, Flexibletrips, Flythomascook.com, Gold Medal, Hotels4u, Manos, Medhotels, Neilson, Netflights, Panorama, Pure Luxury, Sentido, Style Holidays, Sunset, Sunworld Holidays, Swiss Travel Service, Thomas Cook, Thomas Cook Signature, Thomas Cook Tours and Thomas Cook Sport.
Thomas Cook Airlines operates a fleet of 44 aircraft from 19 regional airports to destinations worldwide.
Thomas Cook is an Official Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and the exclusive partner for UK short breaks and trips to the Games. Thomas Cook's London 2012 packages will go on sale in 2011 and will include accommodation, transport and event tickets.
All Thomas Cook holidays are ATOL bonded, which means its customers are looked after whilst in resort or prior to departure should anything affect their holiday, that is out of Thomas Cook’s control, such as the disruption caused by the Icelandic volcanic ash in Spring 2010.

Thomas Cook also offers a range of financial services including foreign exchange, the Thomas Cook Credit Card, the Thomas Cook Cash Passport (a new generation of travellers' cheques), and a wide range of travel insurance policies. It is FSA regulated for its travel insurance, which is underwritten by White Horse Insurance Ireland Ltd.
Thomas Cook also has a leading publishing division offering a comprehensive portfolio of more than 300 independently authored travel guidebooks to 150 worldwide destinations .
Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is part of Thomas Cook Group plc (http://www.thomascookgroup.com).

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