Lunn Poly

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Lunn Poly
Fate rebranded as Thomson, now TUI
Founded 1965
Defunct 2005
Parent TUI Travel

Lunn Poly was, at one time, the largest chain of travel agents in the United Kingdom.


The company originated from two successful travel agencies established in the 1890s, the Polytechnic Touring Association and Sir Henry Lunn Travel. Both firms were acquired in the 1950s by the British Eagle airline group, and combined into Lunn Poly in 1965.[1]

It became a nationalised industry as part of the Transport Holding Company (THC). In June 1971, Sunair bought Lunn Poly from the THC for £175,000. In 1972, the company became part of Thomson Travel Group.[1]

Lunn Poly became an early trade innovator, by splitting its leisure and business travel. High street shops concentrated on package holidays, specialized offices were structured to serve the needs of business and industry. This business model was highly successful throughout the 1970s and 1980s. By the mid-1990s was the largest travel agency in the UK.[1]

When TUI UK, which had acquired Thomson Travel, rebranded Britannia Airways as Thomsonfly in November 2003, the company insisted that there were no plans to rebrand Lunn Poly. On 2 November 2004, however, the announcement was made that all 800 Lunn Poly shops in the United Kingdom were to be rebranded as Thomson.[1]

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 in disbelief "Lunn Poly? Get away!", at which point the person would disappear into thin air and end up at a vacation spot.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Lunn Poly going away for good". Travel. 6 November 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  2. ^ "No matter how many awards they have displayed on their mantelpieces, all of adland's creative directors boast at least one turkey in their portfolios". Campaign Live. 8 February 2002. Retrieved 22 September 2019.

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