Global Travel Group has welcomed 11 new members and made two appointments.

Since April this year, 11 new members have joined the consortium, seven of which are start-up businesses and new to the industry.

Meanwhile, Stephen Taylor has been appointed to the newly-created role of business support development manager.

He will oversee new business opportunities and revenue streams and support to suppliers and agent partners.

Taylor previously worked at First Class Holidays, where he was brand and strategy manager. He has also held a number of roles in contracting at Trailfinders.

Emily Boyne has been promoted from her current role in business support to join Global’s events team, where she will assist with fam trips, awards, ship visits and other member activity.

Global is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and planning VIP trips, events and training days, which will culminate in November with a four-night conference at Universal Orlando Resort, Florida.

Cherie Richards, commercial director, said: “It’s always great to welcome new members to the group. We are very confident that our offering to members stacks up very favourably, with our new technology, commercial deals, marketing and back-office support all perfect for both new and existing travel agencies.

“Attracting 11 new members is great because it proves the industry is buoyant and that clients still appreciate the value of good agents.”