Troy Collins Departs to Focus on Cruise and Luxury Travel Sectors

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Departure of the Commercial Director of Heralds the Beginning of a new era for the Leading Holiday Price Comparison Website

LONDON, April 8, 2011 - Troy Collins, commercial director of
(, is to leave his
role in April 2011. Managing Director Alex Saint and Technical Director
Andrew Bredon will remain at the helm to ensure a smooth transition since the
purchase of by Easyvoyage in February this year. Collins
took the decision to step down so he could focus his attentions on the launch
and continued growth of digital travel companies and
Secret Escapes.

At, Collins will take on the role of Managing
Director. was taken on by Collins, Bredon and Saint in
October 2009 as one of the world's premier cruise forum sites. Since then the
trio have been developing the functionality and content of the website to
provide a platform from which to grow the membership base from its current
level of 150,000. In addition to the forum, the site now enables members to
rate and review past cruises, connect with fellow cruisers pre- and
post-travel, share images and provides detailed content on over 400 ships
worldwide. The forum contains well in excess of 1.5 million posts and
continues to grow strongly.

In addition, Collins will be taking up a Directorship and senior
commercial role at Secret Escapes, headed up by Managing Director Tom
, who came to the business from key roles at eBay and Seatwave.
Secret Escapes is a flash sales site for the luxury travel industry, offering
an exclusive members-only service providing savings of up to 70% on luxury
hotels and holidays.

Troy Collins said of his move: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with; it has been a very rewarding experience to take the
company forward from inception to where we are today and I would like to
thank all our commercial partners for their continued support. It is clear to
see that the holiday comparison site ( will continue to flourish
under the wing of Easyvoyage. I am looking forward to the new challenges that
lie ahead with and Secret Escapes."

Dealchecker CEO Alex Saint said of the move: "Of course we will miss Troy
at; he was part of the founding team in 2005 and he has
been a key influence in the successful growth of the brand, however he has
put in place a fantastic commercial team who will ensure that continues on its exciting path."

The purchase of by the French travel portal Easyvoyage
makes it the fourth largest price comparison site in the UK. Easyvoyage
( took on the brand with
ambitious growth plans and aim to achieve EUR1 billion worth of sales for
travel partners in 2012. They also hope to grow the UK email database to
seven million subscribers in 2013.

About was founded in June 2005. The site is a leading flight,
accommodation, holiday and car hire price comparison service. travel partners are industry leaders offering the most
competitive market travel deals. The site displays all relevant partners for
each travel selection, enabling customers to make the most informed choice
for their travel arrangements. is not a tour operator or travel agent, it does not
sell any travel products. When a travel selection is made, the final
transaction is completed in real-time, direct with the operator or agent that
the customer has chosen. has developed a crisp user-friendly site to meet the
demands of the modern traveller. Alongside the price comparison search and
Real Deals the website provides a price tracker, travel tips, destination
content and weather trends.

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