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Jules Verne Begins Working with Trade Agents for the First Time in its 44 Year History

Jules Verne Begins Working with Trade Agents for the First Time in its 44 Year History
5 January 2023 Samantha Anderson

Hays, Travel Counsellors and The Midcounties Co-operative have signed up already & more are welcome!

5 JANUARY 2023: Jules Verne, the leader in cultural escorted tours for more than four decades, has officially started working with trade agents to expand its customer reach under new General Manager, Debbie O’Neill.

Jules Verne was founded in 1978 by Philip Morrell, who is widely acknowledged as having changed the way consumers travel and now offers nearly 200 tours, including river cruises, for those looking to travel with a small group of 12-15 like-minded companions.

Traditionally a direct to consumer brand, Jules Verne is now looking to build strong trade relationships to bridge the gap and to kick start 2023, it has signed with Hays, Travel Counsellors and The Midcounties Co-operative (Co-op Travel) offering a competitive commission level.

The escorted group tours specialist is also actively inviting other agents to get in touch and has set up a dedicated email address, phone number and trade Facebook page:

T: 020 3993 6042
E: [email protected]
Facebook Group – Jules Verne Agents

The trade team is being headed up by Abbey Renshaw, Business Development and Communications Manager – aka the ‘face of the trade’ for Jules Verne. Abbey joined the company in 2018 as an Agency Sales Manager, and was promoted to Business Development and Communications Manager in 2022. Abbey has previously held roles at Kuoni, Thomas Cook and Bristol Airport.

Abbey Renshaw commented on the trade launch saying: “Now more than ever before, we are seeing the desire for experiential and genuine personal travel experiences. Through this exciting new venture, we’ll be able to bring our offering to a wider audience. I passionately believe in the power of the trade and we recognise that customers place their trust in their travel agent and that agents stake their reputation in their choice of partners, which is why we are taking this new era for Jules Verne very seriously”.

In her role, Abbey will be spending 2023 visiting trade agents and attending key travel events and conferences in order to help educate agents on Jules Verne. Those looking to sell Jules Verne can also join the Facebook group to get tips and insider information that clients will love.

Debbie O’Neill, General Manager, who took over the helm at Jules Verne in early 2022 adds: “I started my career as a travel agent and with 30 years’ experience in this business, I can see how different things are post-pandemic. People are different. Travel has changed.

We know first-hand that travelling in a small group is about sharing experiences and making memories – not just trawling around predictable places in predictable ways, alongside predictable people. I am making it my mission to offer thoughtful travel experiences to the fore and we look forward to sharing that with our travel industry partners.”

India is Jules Verne’s most popular destination, closely followed by Egypt and Italy. Key feeder markets are London, South East and the North West.

Abbey’s role at Jules Verne also includes acting as a brand ambassador and hosting the travel podcast Passepartout – People & Places where she talks to people from around the globe about their lives and their love of travel. Abbey comments on the podcast: “I really do have the best job in the world!”

In 1998, Jules Verne was acquired by Kuoni Travel and is now part of DER Touristik.


Notes to Editors:

  • Trade commission: Jules Verne is now paying 10% and up. This commission is based on volume and individual contract terms.

For further press information, please contact:
Natalie Wright | Emma Arthurs
Rooster PR
T: +44 (0)203 440 8924
E: [email protected]

Jules Verne – a brief history:
Voyages Jules Verne – as it was in the beginning – was founded by Philip Morrell. His aim was to run an epic train journey from London to Beijing and then on to Hong Kong. After that successful inaugural trip, Jules Verne soon became the first tour company granted permission to operate in China.

This breakthrough positioned Jules Verne as the go-to organiser for tours to China, and, for the next decade worked with every major tour operator in the UK and Europe on their China programmes. More ground-breaking tours followed, as Jules Verne continued to shape authentic experiences for travellers with a real sense of adventure.

About Jules Verne:
Established in 1978, Jules Verne offers innovative small group escorted tours with a twist via air, road, rail and river. Every Jules Verne traveller is guaranteed a unique, quality experience within a small group of around 15 like-minded companions.

The spirit of Jules Verne is to seek out fascinating adventures around the world. Jules Verne works thoughtfully with local tour guides and communities to craft tours which reveal the true heart of each destination.

Jules Verne tours are packed with special events and thoughtful extras. Fully ABTA and ATOL bonded and winner of many travel awards, our experts organise every detail to the highest standard so customers can book in complete confidence.

For more information, or to book with Jules Verne, call 020 3553 3722 or visit