Gemstone TravelL appears in the Fast Track 100 league table for the third consecutive year, having reached 18th place last year. Sales at the agency have grown 82% a year, from £5.5m in 1996 to £33m in 1999. Gemstone started trading in Bracknell, Berkshire, in 1993 as a booking agent selling cheap airline tickets to the Continent. Sales have been boosted recently by an entry into new winter markets, such as skiing holidays. Gemstone also claims to be among the top-selling independent travel agencies for Virgin Sun package tours.
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