Carrick Travel buys Roma Travel

Carrick Travel buys Roma Travel

Carrick Travel has acquired four branch travel agency Roma Travel in the East Midlands for an undisclosed sum.

The high-street agency already has nine branches across Warwickshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands and the Cotswolds.

Roma Travel has branches in Grantham, Newark, Bingham and Keyworth in the East Midlands.

All ten of Roma Travel’s staff are staying with the business, which will be rebranded as Carrick Travel longer term. As a result of the deal the agency will switch over from the Advantage Travel Partnership consortium to become part of the Elite Travel Group, which is part of Advantage.

Roma Travel owner Rob King is to retire but will stay on until at least March 2018 on a two-day a week consultancy basis.

Managing director Tina Nason said Roma Travel shared the same core values and ethos as Carrick in terms of looking after the local community.

She added : “We are now protecting the company’s future with expansion. The additional turnover will help the company as a whole with economies of scale and we are looking forward to ensuring that the Carrick name goes from strength to strength.

“Our well-travelled and dedicated team have played a huge part in our success over the years, and we are confident that they, along with their new colleagues will provide great support to us in this ever changing but always interesting industry.”

She said it would be “business as usual” for all of the team.

Director Tracey Carter said the agency remained open to opportunities in terms of further acquisitions but had no overall expansion target.

“We are not hell-bent on getting to 20 branches, it’s all about the right fit and if opportunities arise, we are interested,” she said.

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