Calif. company launches British Travel Bureau

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. -- Phillips, a travel company here, launched the British Travel Bureau, a tour operator that will specialize in customized itineraries for groups and FITs.

John E. Morris, the former managing director at Britain Bound, is director of wholesale travel, and Susan Majesky, a former executive with Olsen-Travelworld and Uniworld, was named director of marketing and business development.

The British Travel Bureau, which also is headquartered here, said it will offer products to England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

A spokeswoman for the firm said agency commissions range from 10% to 15%, and tours also can be sold net.

"When we get calls or e-mails from consumers, we suggest a travel agent in their area," she added.

The firm said it plans to work one-on-one with agents, assisting them in designing FIT and group itineraries that can focus on themes such as antique hunting and theater.

The company, which will cater to midrange and upscale clients, is in the process of building its Web site, at www.britishtravelbureau.com.

The British Travel Bureau can be reached at (805) 376-5440 or toll free at (866) 872-7377. E-mail inquiries should be sent to [email protected].

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