Ely Man Launches Travel Franchise With Travel Consultants
An Ely man who worked as a retail agent on the High Street for 23 years started his own travel franchise.
Martin Kindred-Langdon was devastated when his job ended in the spring after TUI closed in the city.
He wanted to keep a career in travel, so started his own franchise from home with Travel Counselors.
“It was risky, because we are still in a pandemic, but it was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss and I had the full support of my husband, Andy,” said Martin.
Martin has been in his new role for a little over a month and is taking full advantage of it.
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He said: “I can offer my clients something different – that personal touch.
“I can even remind them when their passport needs to be renewed!”
Martin’s passion for travel began when he was young.
He was fortunate to have traveled to France, Germany, the United States, Spain and the Balearics before the age of 16.
Fascinated by industry, Martin studied a GNVQ in travel and tourism.
“During the first trimester, I asked to do an internship in addition to my studies,” he said.
“It was the official start for me – January 16, 1998, then a week later I was asked to work paid weekends!
“It was the start of my second home at 23 High Street, Ely.”
Throughout Martin’s time at TUI, the travel industry was plagued by September 11, the 2008 financial crash, and Icelandic volcanic clouds.
“Each has shown the strength and resilience of the industry,” said Martin.
“But then, in March 2020, the world seemed to stop.
“Our store closed on March 24 and I was immediately put on leave for the rest of the month and for April.
12 months later, Martin learned of the closure of his beloved store.
He considered other jobs outside of the travel industry, but the lure of travel was just too strong for him.
“All the knowledge I had acquired over the years was too important for me to leave the industry that I love,” he said.
“My friend Becky suggested travel counselors – she knew my passion for travel and customer service!
“As things hopefully start to pick up, I think there will be pent-up demand to travel the world.”