25th anniversary celebrations for Cranleigh travel agent

Carolyn Lodge Travel operating on Cranleigh High Street since 1987.
Carolyn Lodge Travel operating on Cranleigh High Street since 1987.

FINDING the best holiday destination might be a tricky proposition for some, but not for a nationally acclaimed Cranleigh travel agent celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012.

Carolyn Lodge Travel, based in Cranleigh High Street and run by the eponymous Carolyn Lodge, also scored the highest marks in a recent Travel Weekly mystery shopper visit.

Founded back in 1987 with just one employee they now have seven and also run an offshoot business organising spa getaways and golf weekends.

She said: “I started from scratch with no experience of running a travel agency took the exams, qualified, and then everything took off and we have been going from strength to strength.”

The business has been named twice by the Sunday Times as the country’s second best independent travel agent.

“It is exceedingly exciting and national recognition encourages new clients who do not know you, and you get a lot of new business which is obviously what we are after,” she added.

“You aim to sell somebody a trip and for them to come back and say ‘that was the most amazing experience’ and ask ‘what are we going to do next time?’”

Travel Weekly praised the decor, the friendly and attentive staff, and the overall knowledge finding the right break in the Oman for them. Their score of 85% outstripped Thomas Cook’s 37% and Haslemere Travel’s 55%.

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