Barrhead Travel store in Belfast

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Barrhead Travel

Scottish vacation firm Barrhead Travel has reported robust income development, citing improved sales of solo holidays, adventure travel, cruising and touring.

The travel agency mentioned sales rose by six.six% final year to £320m.

Nonetheless, pre-tax profit slipped from £1.9m in 2017 to £600,00.

Barrhead attributed the fall in portion to improved investment in new retailers and technologies upgrades and greater instruction expenses.

The firm, which is owned by US travel specialist Travel Leaders Group, described its sales boost as a “healthier, optimistic overall performance ahead of the market place”.

President Jacqueline Dobson mentioned: “We substantially reinvested back into the organization in the course of 2018 and we will continue to invest and evolve to adapt to the altering demands of shoppers.

“We have plans to invest additional in our on line expertise as effectively as a commitment to reinvesting in bricks and mortar by integrating state-of-the-art technologies into our retail retailers.”

‘Imminent priorities’

Commenting on the current collapse of Thomas Cook, Ms Dobson mentioned Barrhead’s “imminent priorities” had been to appear right after shoppers impacted.

She added: “Our group have been functioning round the clock due to the fact 02:00 on Monday to make option arrangements for our shoppers.

“There are also a quantity of vacancies across our branch network – like house functioning possibilities – and we’re attempting to enable as a lot of former Thomas Cook personnel get back into operate as quickly as attainable.”

Barrhead is 1 of the UK’s greatest retail travel firms, with additional than 70 outlets in the UK.