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Chris Watson Travel to merge with top-selling ACT agency

Tamworth-based Chris Watson Travel has announced a merger with fellow Travellers Choice member Weston Cruise & Travel – the first move of what may be further expansion for the former agency.

Weston Cruise & Travel has built a strong reputation as Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ top-selling agency in Australia. However, with operator Deb Long contemplating retirement, the merger creates a clear succession plan for her business, pioneered by Watson, who she has mentored since he joined Travellers Choice.

“By combining Chris’ youthful energy and resources with my knowledge and experience we will ensure two powerhouse agencies continue to thrive,” Long said.

Watson continues to be on the lookout for other details, adding, “I wouldn’t rule out further expansion, especially if those opportunities arise within the Travellers Choice network.”

“I’m delighted that, as a result of our merger, I can continue to learn from her as we work together to grow the combined business,” he said.

Chris Watson (left) and the team at Chris Watson Travel.

Travellers Choice General Manager Sales Nicola Strudwick said she was pleased the organisation had played a role in the process through its internal register of members looking to purchase or sell a business.

“Using our resources and expertise, we provide a neutral sounding board for independent owner operators considering how to evolve their businesses,” she said.

“They can speak to us in confidence knowing we will always strive to help them achieve the best outcome for their business, while bolstering the strength of the Travellers Choice network.”

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