Two travel awards in a row for Debby

Pictured (from left) at the Travel Weekly Agent Achievement Awards 2016  Lucy Huxley, of Travel Weekly, Bhav Taylor, of Celebrity Cruises, Aspire Agent of the Year winner Debby King, of Departure Lounge Travel, and Rupert Murray, of Aspire. Photo by Steve Dunlop. steve@stevedunlop.com EMN-160718-112200001
Pictured (from left) at the Travel Weekly Agent Achievement Awards 2016 Lucy Huxley, of Travel Weekly, Bhav Taylor, of Celebrity Cruises, Aspire Agent of the Year winner Debby King, of Departure Lounge Travel, and Rupert Murray, of Aspire. Photo by Steve Dunlop. steve@stevedunlop.com EMN-160718-112200001

The manager and director of a travel agent in Boston has been honoured in a national award scheme celebrating the best in the industry.

Debby King, from Departure Lounge Travel, in Wide Bargate, Boston, was named Aspire Agent of the Year in the 2016 Travel Weekly Agent Achievement Awards (AAAs).

Last year, she collected the Aspire Extra Mile Award in the same awards scheme.

More than 850 people attended this year’s ceremony, held at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel last week.

Debby’s award was open to all Aspire Travel Club agents, who signed up to the website of Travel Weekly’s sister title, Aspire, which is focused on the luxury travel sector.

To win the award, Debby had to demonstrate such qualities as a proven sales performance, a dedication to learning by attending events and having good relationships with suppliers, and engagement with the local community to encourage new and loyal business.

On what it means to have won, she said: “I have worked in travel for 16 years and have always aspired to do well.

“After opening Departure Lounge Travel with my colleagues in 2009, we have grown our business and seen it strengthen each year.

“To be recognised with this award makes me so proud and is just the icing on the cake.”

She added: “The team and I all have a passion for travel.

“We always endeavour to ensure that our customers have the best experience possible when planning their trip.

“As an independent agency, we pride ourselves on being able to source the best deals and provide excellent customer service from start to finish.”

Travel Weekly Group editor-in-chief Lucy Huxley said: “The AAAs continue to go from strength-to-strength as we recognise the best agents and agencies in the country, whether they are on the high street, in call centres, online or based from home.”