The directors of adventure travel group Ticket to Ride have today (Tuesday 11th June 2013) announced that they have secured a deal to acquire the assets of Errant Surf Travel, the UK’s leading surf travel company.
Errant Surf Travel will become a part of the Ticket to Ride Group’s expanding portfolio of adventure sports, travel and lifestyle organisations. Key benefits immediately include greater financial security for both customers and suppliers, an enlarged UK head office team, an extended customer base and an enhanced global network of operational staff and suppliers. On the supplier side, many of Errant’s travel partners have already worked with companies involved in the Ticket to Ride group, and will now benefit from working with this larger organisation.
Errant Surf was set up in 2006 by Chris Thomson who saw the potential market for independent surfers searching for exciting new surf locations whilst enjoying insider knowledge and the guarantee of professional surf schools and quality accommodation. The company expanded quickly with 450 holiday options in 30 countries across the world. Due to the relocation of the founding director, increased pressure on the travel market and the recent collapse of a key supplier, Errant has recently gone into voluntary administration.
Chris Thomson said, “The past 8 years has taken us all on an incredible journey however due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control the last 18 months have been really tough for us as a small independent company. We are grateful of course to the Ticket To Ride Group and delighted that a company with such a similar ethos and product is able to take the valuable assets of Errant Surf Travel forward. I look forward to seeing everything that we have built up flourish as part of this larger group structure.”
Co-Founding Director of the Ticket To Ride Group, Will Hayler said, “Errant has an extremely powerful brand and a loyal following hence the enhanced opportunity now that it is part of our larger Ticket To Ride family and network of companies and suppliers. Working within our organisation, the costs of running Errant will be dramatically reduced, giving customers the chance to get even better value for money with additional support before, during and after their holiday.”
Will continues, “Further customer benefits include greater financial protection through the group’s ATOL and TOPP (Tour Operator Protection Policy) licences. We are certainly excited to be in the position to ensure the continuation of the Errant Surf journey and looking forward to the prospect of driving this company and its potential to the next level.”