In late 2002 ex-corporate lawyer turned internet entrepreneur Charles Duncombe met with travel agency owner Richard Dixon. Shortly after, with an initial investment of just £6,000, Holidaysplease was born.
Holidaysplease grew rapidly. By 2005 sales were exceeding those transacted by Richard's high street travel shops. It was time to take Holidaysplease to the next level!
The business consistently achieved double-digit growth and was soon picking up national and supplier awards. In 2011/12 and 2013/14 Holidaysplease was named online travel agent of the year at the nationally recognised Agent Achievement Awards.
2013 saw John McEwan join the Board at Holidaysplease. John was Chairman of ABTA, a past Retail Director of TUI and Managing Director of Thomas Cook in the UK.
Recognising the power of the brand and the massive opportunity presented by the family holiday market, Holidaysplease bought online travel agent The Family Holidays Company.
We launched our first franchise model, The Family Holidays Franchise
In October 16, we were delighted to have passed the panel to become a member of EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising).
Holidaysplease clocked up over £100m holidays sold and were awarded Top Online Agency at the TTG Top 50 Travel Awards.
In 2018 we launched The Holiday Franchise Company to expand our offering beyond family holidays.
We are proud to be accredited by the British Franchise Association who are the voice of ethical franchising in the UK.
We are the first travel franchise to be accredited by the Approved Franchise Association & the first travel franchise to be accredited by both the Approved Franchise Association & The British Franchise Association. This endorses our model and ethical approach to supporting our franchisees for success.
We were awarded Gold for Best New Franchise at the Approved Franchise Association awards in September 2019
We are the first and only travel franchise to be selected in the Elite Franchise Top 100 UK franchises.