Our Journey

ASA grew from the passion & vision of its founder, Angela Shanley, to today’s extended ASA family.  We remain a proudly independent company, always looking forward, but never losing sight of the heritage & values at our core.

From our infancy in 1978, ASA built a strong reputation, establishing ourselves as leaders in selected source markets.  In 2003 the company undertook an ambitious re-structure & expansion leading to today’s ownership with Adonis Farantouris (CEO), Anak McSporran (Managing Director) & Michael Gebreslassie (Director of Finance) the three company directors.

We have since strengthened existing partnerships and developed new relationships across the globe.  We have also invested. Not just in IT & systems, but also our people.  It is after all the people in our industry that make the difference & drive any company’s identity. The ASA culture is one built on relationships, self-development & shared values, resulting in a highly experienced & engaged team fuelling the leadership of tomorrow.

The ASA family continues to grow. “TravelTeam@ASA” joined the company in 2016.  In the same year we also began a co-ownership and full management of a Paris based DMC, renamed “Flying Europe by ASA”, successfully introducing & developing new business from existing ASA partners.

In 2018, we opened a second location in the UK, a Scottish office having been an aspiration for several years. We were proud to see this into a reality with the opening of the Edinburgh branch of ASA.  Building on relationships with suppliers north of the border and expanding on the flourishing demand for Scotland-only & Northern England travel, the team in Scotland has gone from strength to strength, with a second floor added in 2019.

In 2021 we merged the business from “Flying Europe by ASA” in Paris after taking full ownership of the French company, bringing the entire operation to the UK under the core ASA brand, and introducing France and other destinations to our partners through a single managed relationship.

In summer 2022 we welcomed specialist Welsh DMC Cambria under the new brand “Cambria@ASA” thereby opening the door to a fully customized FIT, Group & Incentive experience dedicated to Wales and all things Welsh.

2023 saw ASA turn 45 years old coinciding with yet another record-breaking year, and winners of the “UKInbound Tour Operator / DMC of the Year” award.  The journey continues into 2024 as we look to expand upon our European offerings.

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Why work with ASA?

Complete programme management, tailored to suit you

Working in partnership, sharing our knowledge, to develop business together.

Diverse range of products & experiences

Seasonal tariffs ready to build into bespoke itineraries.

B2B booking portal

Instant confirmations also available via a b2b portal or XML connectivity.

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Award-winning flexible service

At ASA we make full use of our extensive local relationships and direct contracting to offer a full DMC service in its purest sense, leaving our partners in complete control through one simple channel.

The FIT department provides a fast traditional e-mail service from “hotel only” reservations to package itineraries and everything in between. A Tailor-made division specialises in fully customised luxury experiences & extended private touring, working with our partners every step of the way to plan and deliver unique memorable trips for our guests.

For those that prefer it, our b2b Online FIT Reservation System offers instant confirmations to registered users. XML connections are also available through our Tourplan NX system, supplying a number of international wholesale partners

Our dedicated Groups department is well placed to undertake any project, city based or touring.  Multi-generational family groups, seasonal charter operations or an incentive looking for a unique experience, the ASA groups team have a proven track record of delivering excellence.

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"Edinburgh Bus Tours has worked with ASA for many years and have seen sales grow with them, especially over the last couple of years. We are especially delighted that they have invested in an Edinburgh office showing their commitment to Edinburgh and Scotland. They have a great, approachable team and I look forward to continued growth in the years to come"
Elaine Green
Edinburgh Bus Tours
"ASA are amongst our favourite inbound suppliers we work with worldwide. A strong list of products, exceptional prices and a willingness to find new products requested by our clients. ASA's service to support our needs is second to none in the UK & Ireland. Great Product, Great people."
Spiro J Ellul
Global Tourism Exchange (Australia)
"We enjoy working with ASA and value our long term partnership. The team are professional, efficient and know their job. Their level of service has not changed since the first day, therefore we always know that we can expect good quality service. We’re happy to continue working together with ASA."
Linda Dumpe
The Lovat, Loch Ness hotel
"The Lancaster Hall Hotel in Central London has been working with Angela Shanley Associates for a number of years. Their approach has always been very professional and they clearly know the travel industry. I have no hesitation in recommending them as a reliable business partner."
Uwe Maynard
The Lancaster Hall Hotel
"Novotel London West has been working with Angela Shanley for several years, nurturing a strong and trustworthy relationship built on good communication and transparency. We consider these the foundations of any successful relationship. We look forward to continuing our relationship with ASA into the future."
Daniela Aili
Novotel London West
"We love working with the ASA team!. They are really knowledgeable and have a real focus on the details. They are also very friendly and polite – such a pleasure to deal with."
Joyce Arbuckle
The Kingsmills Hotel
"ASA are absolute experts in their field - they set themselves apart through their attention to detail, incredible dedication, hard work and speed of service. In looking for a DMC it is important for the company you put your faith in to really know and own their destination: ASA are never content with what they did yesterday and are always pioneering new experiences that can add value to their impressive product range. Their B2B system is efficient, easy to use and brilliantly maintained. ASA understand that our wonderful industry is about people - they gain fantastic terms for their agents by truly understanding and valuing long term relationships with their suppliers. We would have no hesitation in recommending ASA to anyone looking for a full service agency to develop their UK and Ireland programme."
Chris Pourgourides
Evan Evans
"Historic Royal Palaces values its relationships with professional and proactive partners and therefore Angela Shanley Associates is one of our most treasured partners. The ASA team ensure they understand their customer’s needs and we are proud to work with them to develop a range of products and experiences at the palaces that are second to none and ensure repeat business and sales growth."
Ann Wilson
Historic Royal Palaces