U.S. Travel Industry Recognises Ocean Holidays as a Top International Tour Operator

We are proud to have been recognised by the US travel industry as one of America’s best International Tour Operators.

On Monday 6th June 2022, the U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA honoured 51 of the world’s highest-producing tour operators and buyers of U.S. travel at its annual Chairman’s Circle Honors awards reception. Held at SeaWorld Orlando during the association’s 53rd annual IPW, this exclusive awards event—co-hosted by Brand USA—honoured international travel buyers for outstanding efforts to bring global travellers back to America.

Remarks thanking the select companies for boosting international inbound travel to the United States were delivered by U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow and Brand USA President and CEO Chris Thompson. They praised the work and partnership these organizations deliver to rebuilding inbound travel and tourism has never been more important following the challenges of the past two years.

The U.S. Travel Association’s Chairman’s Circle-level members, including top U.S. travel businesses and destinations, nominated the honourees.

“The work of our Chairman’s Circle honourees is vitally important to bringing visitors back to the United States and accelerating the recovery of the inbound travel sector,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “Their efforts extend well beyond the benefits realized by the U.S. tourism economy and include reuniting Americans with the world and re-establishing cultural ties that we have missed these last two years.”

“Consumer confidence is key to recovery, and tour operators and buyers play an incredibly important role in helping increase travellers’ ease in exploring new destinations,” said Brand USA President and CEO Chris Thompson. “This year’s Chairman’s Circle honourees are essential to helping people navigate the new travel landscape with their expertise and deep connections to those across the industry.

Co-CEO of Ocean Holidays, Harry Hastings, offered this response, “We are delighted to be recognised as one of the top international tour operators in the US in 2022. From closed borders to the return of holidays, it’s been a rollercoaster few years for everyone, not just our theme park enthusiasts. So as a family-run business, we couldn’t be prouder to have helped loved ones rediscover their favourite US destinations. And as the fastest-growing travel company in the UK, we hope to remain among this esteemed list of fellow honourees for many years to come.”

Best Companies Survey Upgrades Ocean Holidays from ‘One to Watch’ to ‘One Star Accreditation’

Ocean Holidays is delighted to announce it has achieved ‘One Star’ status from Best Companies, improving on its previous accolade of being ‘One to Watch’ in 2021. Considering the difficulties the travel industry has faced since 2020, demonstrating year-on-year improvements in workplace engagement is an especially rewarding achievement. 

Scoring a total of 694.3 points, an increase of 35 points from 2021, and just 2.2 points away from reaching 2-star accreditation. We believe this breakthrough is a testament to us putting employees’ well-being at the heart of all we do, and we shall keep striving to incorporate their feedback into positive changes for the future.

Harry Hastings, Co-CEO of Ocean Holidays commented “We are extremely proud to have been upgraded to a One Star accreditation, and we’re thrilled our employees recognised the improvements we have implemented since 2021. To us, Best Companies is not just a survey but a springboard for honest and open discussions about how we can continue to place employee engagement at the forefront of our business.”

“As we emerge from the most challenging time in the history of the travel industry, we recognise there will be further difficulties ahead, but we take comfort in knowing our incredible team are behind us as we aspire to be the best company for both employees and customers alike.”

Beyond employee well-being, Ocean Holidays also scored highly with regards to giving back to the community, with 96% of staff agreeing that the company encourages charitable activities. To this end, for every survey completed we donated to our chosen charity of Haven House Children’s Hospice, raising £1,280. This is in in addition to the £47,000 that was raised for Haven House during 2021. 

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