The UK’s number one travel agent has invested £1million in relocating its headquarters to Libertas House in St Vincent’s Square in Glasgow city centre.
The investment follows travel demand returning to 2019 levels, the travel company said now is the time to reinvest in a vibrant new space while maintaining its Glasgow roots.
Previously located in Oswald Street, the move will see Barrhead Travel’s sales support functions, alongside some specialist sales divisions, relocate to the fifth floor of the historic St Vincent Place building. The office will officially open in the fourth quarter.
Building on this continued success, Barrhead Travel also recently announced a modern learning campaign that will see over 50 new learning positions created across its business. For more information, please visit https://www.barrheadtravel.co.uk/careers
Barrhead Travel has also launched a new ‘Love Winter’ campaign as people seek to escape short days and rainy weather to enjoy an unforgettable winter vacation.
The new campaign comes after the travel group reported that around fifty percent of new bookings are for travel this fall and winter. October, November and December are currently the most popular booking months, signaling an increase in last-minute getaways for October school holidays and festive holidays.
The Winter Sun is proving the most popular choice among UK travelers over the coming months with some of the most popular departures including Tenerife, cruises from Miami, Barbados, Dubai and Lanzarote. Those who prefer clean urban getaways this year choose New York, Paris and Krakow, according to Barrhead Travel.
The group says All Inclusive is the best holiday choice this season, while seven nights is the most popular duration.
Commenting on the new office, Jacqueline Dobson, president of Barrhead Travel, said:
“The opening of a new office and renewed demand for travel agent expertise marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Barrhead Travel as the industry moves away from the challenges of the pandemic.
“We are a people-oriented company and our new headquarters is designed to accommodate a modern approach to office life with hybrid work opportunities, new technologies and accessibility at its core.
“While we have grown in recent years to become a UK-wide business with over 85 outlets across the country, our home is Glasgow and we are delighted to continue to invest in the centre- city that will support the creation of future jobs.”
Jacqueline Dobson also commented on travel trends this winter:
“After a busy summer period, it is good to see that last minute holidays are still on the agenda for many people. New bookings for departures this winter are higher than before the pandemic, indicating that the pent-up demand that has built up over the past few years is continuing to release.
“Vacationers are looking for the best value – which is why all-inclusive packages and cruises are in high demand for last-minute getaways. There’s also a definite shift to street agents at the moment, as our stores welcome people who have never booked with a travel agent before.Over sixty percent of our new bookings this year were new customers, with 18-30 year olds making up the majority of new customers.
Dobson noted that families had quickly secured 2,023 trips back from their summer holidays this year:
“More and more people have chosen to book their summer 2023 staple holiday further in advance than usual – especially families who want to lock in prices and guarantee availability and their first-choice destination for next year. There are plenty of low deposit options, free places for kids, and additional discounts on offer for summer 2023 that are driving demand.
Barrhead Travel has thousands of last-minute deals to get away from it all this winter, including European Christmas Market breaks from £349pp and four-star all-inclusive Mexico in December from just £1067pp nobody. Visit barrheadtravel.co.uk for more information.