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Industry Travel
Founded 1970
Founder Mike Gooley
Headquarters United Kingdom

Trailfinders is a travel company in the United Kingdom and Ireland and is notable for being the largest independently owned travel company in the United Kingdom. Trailfinders has 29 travel centres in the UK and three in Ireland. The company specialises in tailormade travel worldwide.

Trailfinders was founded in 1970 by former SAS-officer Mike Gooley [1] CBE with a staff of four. The company remains privately owned but today has a staff of over 1000 and has made travel arrangements for nearly 15 million clients.

Mike Gooley also owns Bloomfield Lodge, a boutique lodge set between the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef in Far North Queensland, Australia.

Mike Gooley, founder of Trailfinders, was the biggest private donor to the UK Conservative party in October to December 2014. He donated £500,000 (BBC News 19/2/2015).

Since 1995, Trailfinders has donated over £40 million to charity, the majority of which has been for the benefit of medical research.

National Awards[edit]

Trailfinders has won most of the major national awards voted for by the press and travelling public.

The Guardian - Most Trusted 2016 and Best Package Holiday Operator 2016

The Times, The Sunday Times & The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Travel Awards - UK's Best Tour Operator 2015, 2014, 2013

The Telegraph Travel Awards - Best Tour Operator 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

Which? Awards - Best Travel Company 2015

Which? Consumer Travel Survey - Best Holiday Company 2014, 2013

CLIA UK & Ireland Cruise Excellence Awards - High Street Travel Agent of the year 2015, 2014

Trailfinders is considered a very reliable company and has built up a good reputation in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[2]


  1. ^ "The Sunday interview: Mike Gooley of Trailfinders". This Is Money. Associated Newspapers. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Trailfinders". Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

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