References received from the UK travel trade
American Holidays - Dee Burdock, Product Manager USA & Canada
I would just like to say that since commencing business with Worldwide Attractions they have helped us increase our sales potential for ancillary product on destinations. They have provided us with all the information that we need in order to offer competitive rates in the market place along with an easy booking and redemption process for our clients.
Angela Holidays Ltd - Colin Hearn, Managing Director
We have always found Worldwide Attractions Ltd easy to contact, very forthcoming with any information that we require and a pleasure to work with.
ATD Travel Services Ltd - Tom Samuel, Head of Product –
Worldwide Attractions have been immensely helpful for ATD on two fronts. They have introduced us to some great products/partners that we would not have necessarily worked with had it not been for the introduction made by Worldwide Attractions and all their clients now form an important part of product portfolio in Orlando, New York and Paris. More importantly however, they keep us fully up-to-date with contracts and offers and ensure we have all the tools available to successfully sell their clients’ products. With time differences and language barriers, plus other operational issues that can crop up from time to time, it is makes a big difference having a UK contact point for these products and ultimately this helps us sell more tickets.
Attraction World - Gail Dunwoodie, Head of Product & Marketing
Attraction World has had the pleasure of benefiting from the true professionalism and expertise of Worldwide Attractions for a number of years now. With many of our suppliers being based overseas it is a huge benefit for us to have someone locally based who knows the product they represent inside out and can respond to our queries immediately. Having to deal with literally hundreds of suppliers on a worldwide basis it is a great comfort knowing that Gale and the team are always on the ball, checking website copy, etc, making sure all the information we have is 100% correct at all times. They are a true credit to any company they represent.
Dominique’s Villas - Dominique Wells
… Claire has always been very efficient and a pleasure to work with ...
Dragons International - Linda Brookes
Dragons International is a tour operator specialising in holidays for school groups. We are involved in the planning of a wide range of trip itineraries to France. For several years, Worldwide Attractions have provided us with assistance in enabling our school group leaders to make informative choices on the excursions they choose to visit by promoting interesting and value-for money attractions... They have provided us with free of charge informative brochures, background information and marketing back-up within very short response times. We are very grateful for their efforts and would have no hesitation in recommending their services.
European Connoisseurs Travel Ltd - Theresa McDermott CEO
I have been very impressed with Worldwide Attractions, they came & visited us in our offices explained the attractions they represented and helped us access the right tour and agreement for our customers.
European Study Tours Ltd - Lisa Knudsen, Product Executive
I am very happy with the service Worldwide Attractions provide. I have worked with both Claire & Gale who have always been very helpful and prompt, all my questions have been answered and I look forward to continuing to work with them.
French Freedom Holidays Ltd - Richard Green, Director
I have dealt with Worldwide Attractions for a number of years now and have always found their service levels and attention to detail excellent. Their product knowledge is second-to-none and I would thoroughly recommend them to any operator looking to expand their own portfolio.
Gold Crest Holidays, Malcolm Grout, Manager
It is always a pleasure in dealing with World Wide Attractions, they offer a variety of excursion opportunities which certainly en-hence tour itineraries . We find the staff are always eager
to offer invaluable information and prompt assistance in a very professional , yet friendly manner.
Great Rail Journeys Ltd - Sharon Inman, Contractor
We have always been impressed by the professional service we receive from Worldwide Attractions. They are knowledgeable and helpful and always willing to assist.
Harry Shaw CityCruiser, Robert Shaw, Managing Director
Worldwide attractions provide a comprehensive and efficient service for the attractions they represent. We are constantly kept aware of the benefits of visiting various venues and the ways they can help us to sell tours.
Hello Paris Ltd - Laurie Pruvost, Managing Director
Claire and her team have always been very helpful, keeping us up to date with any news and changes within the attractions they represent. Having a representative in the UK is much better as we do not have to go and fish for information ourselves...
Holidaybreak Camping Division - Dave Thornhill - Business Development Manager
Worldwide Attractions offer a professional liaison service between ourselves and attractions in France. They are pro-active and always looking for new opportunities for us as a business and the customers we send on holiday to France.
Matthews Holidays Ltd - Iris Matthews
As a Tour Operator to France, we aim to bring factual and inspiring content to our website and brochure in order to give our visitors up to date information on the many attractions and tourist locations in France. … Claire quickly clarified queries about events, provided us with visuals and arranged for the copy to be approved within a very short time-scale. She also suggested incentives to the benefit of both our clients and the attraction itself.
We have worked with Claire for several years and she has always provided a very professional service. She clearly understands the needs of a UK Tour Operator and knows the attractions that she represents in the fullest of detail. Using her expert advice enables us to effectively promote these attractions within our literature and on our website.
NST, Stefan Burnley, Contracts Manager
Claire at Worldwide Attractions has always been most helpful, friendly and efficient in all my dealings with her. The company has supported us with various initiatives to help grow our business to some key visitor attractions. They bring imagination and a can-do attitude with them and always take the time and trouble to do things properly. We look forward to continuing our professional relationship in the future.
Schools Into Europe, Rhys Jones, Operations Director
We have always found Worldwide Attractions very supportive and been impressed by their efficient, professional and personal service. We have no hesitation in recommending them.
The Leisure Pass Group, Lynda Davis, Product Manager
I have worked with Claire at Worldwide Attractions for a number of years and have found her to be extremely efficient and helpful when dealing with partners in France. Working through Worldwide Attractions makes the management of some of our overseas contracts a much easier task. Claire is thoroughly knowledgeable about the products she represents but even more helpfully, bi-lingual and based in the UK which is invaluable. I would highly recommend Claire and the company to anyone wishing to strengthen their product range.
The Newmarket Group, Paul Bevan, Product Director
Worldwide Attractions' approach to our business needs is always pro-active. Over the years that I have worked with them, Claire & Gale have taken the time to understand our requirements and our target market - their attention to detail ensures that Newmarket and Study Experiences deliver products that exceed our clients' expectations. Thoroughly recommended.
The Travel Adventure, Jayne Kerr, Sales Director
Claire is always more than helpful with her information and guidance for our group visits. Over and above that, we appreciate the quick response we receive to all our queries.
Thomas Cook/Cresta Holidays, Emma Pritchard, Product Executive
Worldwide attractions have been very helpful helping to provide all of the information for our Normandy d-day landing beaches tours and input for our brochure. They are more than happy to assist with any queries we have and were very pro-active in getting the Cresta team out to experience the tours and product, in order for them to be able to sell these over the phones having experienced them first hand. We could not have been more looked after on our visit and the follow up from Claire once back in the office has been fantastic and she has been a great help in order for us to set up our contracts.
Titan Travel - Michelle Derbyshire, Product Development Manager
Worldwide Attractions have been a wonderful source of information and assistance. They have introduced us to some very useful suppliers, ones that we would not normally have been aware of and have added a unique element to our tours. The service we receive is personal and always very helpful.
Tour America - Catherine Killeen, Product Department
Worldwide Attractions is a fantastic company to work with and their knowledge of all the products they represent is second to none. They always deal with all queries very promptly. Their enthusiasm and professionalism as a representation company is excellent.
Travel Republic - Steve Dean, Commercial Manager
Worldwide Attractions were most professional in their handling of their clients. They were able to ensure we had all the information necessary to maximise sales of the suppliers’ product and also secured us very favourable commercial terms for the business relationship. I would not hesitate to use their services again, or to sell any supplier they represent.
Virgin Holidays - Angus Bond, Product Manager
Worldwide Attractions has played an instrumental part in promotion and supporting key destinations with Virgin Holidays portfolio. The professional and approachable manner of the team at Worldwide Attractions has forged excellent relationships with our Product teams here at Virgin Holidays. As a market leader to the USA, Virgin Holidays expect a high level of support from representation companies both in destinational PR and Trade marketing. Gale Carlill at Worldwide Attractions has a proven track record of maximising potential promotional opportunities and delivering on the return of investment - no matter how small or large the promotional spend has been.
Wyvern School Holidays, Charles Adams, Director
Wyvern Schooltours Ltd is a school tour operator with more than 30 years of history in the marketplace. A key aspect of our business ethos has always been to work with good people like those at Worldwide Attractions. Where we meet good people, good products and services are never far away. We have been delighted to call upon the services of Worldwide Attractions and they have helped us with our understanding of the attractions they represent and to better our knowledge of new attractions previously unknown to us. They are always able to help us when requested and have never failed us in fulfilling often time sensitive requests. In short, our ability to call upon their services and knowledge has helped us a great deal in better serving our clients - I highly recommend them.
Gale CARLILL and Claire LEROUX set up Worldwide Attractions Ltd in 2003. Before this they had numerous years' experience within the travel trade, gaining valuable knowledge of the industry working for airlines, conference and incentive organisers, and sales and marketing representation companies. Subsequently they developed an essential understanding of the international tour operators, travel companies and global online ticket sellers.
Cécile BIDOU joined Worldwide Attractions in 2012. Cécile has worked in the tourism industry since she graduated with a degree in Tourism in 1997. Before joining Worldwide Attractions, she worked for the French Tourist Board, a tour-operator and a large hotel group.
Sonja QUINN joined Worldwide Attractions in 2012. Sonja had previously worked for nine years in the hotel industry in roles ranging from front of house to sales and marketing.
Andrea HAMILTON joined Worldwide Attractions in 2014. Andrea is an experienced marketer with a background in both consumer and business-to-business marketing gained in the US and in the UK, and has always been passionate about travel.
Worldwide Attractions is proud of the truly international profile of its staff and their high profile reputation within the UK sales representation sector. Gale is British, Claire and Cécile are French, Sonja is German and Andrea is American.
From left to right: Claire, Gale, Cecile, Andrea, Sonja