Buoyant Barrhead claims to be outperforming the market

Buoyant Barrhead claims to be outperforming the market

Scottish agency group Barrhead Travel claims to be outperforming the sector with a 25% hike in summer 2015 bookings made in June.

Figures for June show that passenger departure numbers were up by 15% year-on-year.

Besides the rise in booking for this summer there was a 22% increase in summer 2016 holidays booked in June, and a 39% hike in winter 2015/16 bookings.

The company’s long haul and cruise divisions also performed well, providing sales increases of 33% and 19% respectively.

The firm said the results show that it is continuing to outpace the general travel market and come as it plans its fist travel superstore in England.

A dedicated summer charter flight programme from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports had made a “significant contribution” to the results, according to chief executive Sharon Munro.

“This is our fifth year of operating our own programme and this year we will take 22,000 passengers abroad on our own flights,” she said.

“Providing a high quality service to the sun using British Airways aircraft has been very well received by travellers from Scotland.”

Munro added: “Continuing to grow the business is key and we are confident that we will continue the momentum we have built up and meet our targets.

“We’ve seen growth across our contact centres and branch network, and have had a steady rise in traffic through our stable of websites, especially from south of the border.

“We employ 850 people, mainly in Scotland, and are committed to employing young people through the Modern Apprentice programme, as we see them as crucial to our future.

“While we will still look to grow the business in Scotland, where the majority of our branches and all our support teams are based, our expansion plans for this year include a new superstore in England, further details of which we’ll be announcing in the next few weeks.”

Barrhead Travel recently took the Scotland’s Best Large Travel Agency title for the 15th consecutive year at the Agent Achievement Awards, and was recognised by the London Stock Exchange as one of the 1,000 companies to inspire Britain in 2015.

Munro said: “These accolades recognise our upward trajectory.”


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