Lunn Poly Travel – now tui.co.uk
Lunn Poly Travel – Now TUI UK’s leading travel agents, with around 800 Holiday Shops throughout the UK and employing around 6,000 people. But, after more than a century, the name disappeared from our high street.
As part of a restructuring drive their parent company TUI, the name has gone and they were rebranded into Thomson holiday travel agents. They were the largest seller for First Choice, Jetsave, Sunquest, Thomson holidays, Unijet holidays plus many more including Cosmos holidays. The travel agents policy was to match its customers requirements to the most suitable holidays from the wide range it sells.
Five years later a rival travel company was founded by Sir Henry Lunn. The Poly and Lunn groups finally merged in 1965 before being bought by Hannover-based TUI, one of Germany’s 40 largest stock market firms.
Lunn Poly was famous for a long-running advertising campaign on television. These commercials featured people looking into what holidays the company offered. Another person would then say to them “Lunn Poly? Get away”, at which point the person would disappeared into thin air and end up at a vacation spot. These adverts can still be seen on YouTube ( unbelievable how bad they were ) .