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he year 1992 saw the opening of Thompson Travel International


Portadown. The late Maurice Thompson initiated the business to operate tours to Israel. He had a passion for the country and achieved a full ATOL, ABTA and IATA license to trade). After a short period of time, he encouraged his daughter Sharon, who had just started a family to leave her post as Planning Officer with the Southern Health & Social Services Board and her part-time lecturer post at Southern Regional College to join him as partner. The dream was a pleasant one for Sharon as she could only imagine leaving the stress of her 2 jobs to sell holidays and think of far-off destinations!

With a wealth of knowledge in administrative and business management , but no previous experience in the travel industry she quickly self- taught the systems, wooed the customers and built herself a customer base in the retail front office.

Hours of evening work to ensure tailor made holidays were just right made her dream a little bit of a nightmare to begin with! All that being said, Thompson Travel has

grown from strength to strength with full ATOL, ABTA and IATA licenses , they won many awards , became a group and cruise specialist and developed the business to now include the brands ‘Faith & Culture Tours’, ‘Travelling Alone Together’ and a brand new foreign Exchange Bureau. Sharon Fleming F. Inst. T.T

(nee Thompson)

tells us ‘Over the past 20 years I have watched the NI travel industry fight every corner to maintain good prices, challenge cross border taxes, bridge the cost of the small stretch of water that divides us from the mainland. We are a family – competitors with each other – and yet I have a huge respect for those in the industry who have been there much longer than me, as well as an admiration for those who have grown their business alongside me. We enjoy working together, raising money for great causes together and participating in great events

2nd prize at Strictly Come Dancing for local charity together.

Our businesses are our staff and I have now the perfect staff team

- they are my business.

Our team is growing and we are continually recruiting. We are proud to have remained independent and to offer the best value to our customers and negotiate the best deals on their behalf. Holding

Guest speaker and Sponsor at Mancheester United Legends for local football club

full ABTA, IATA and ATOL license has helped us develop the business we wish to have and enjoy the freedom and experience of tailor making holidays to our customers individual needs’. Sharon has recently also been appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and looks forward to taking Thompson Travel International forward within the industry.

Taking part in the Belfast Marathon for SANDS The Thompson Travel International team

Thompson Travel International are keen supporters of many charities - Owner and Director Sharon Fleming took part in Habitat for Humanity’s Big Build Romania

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