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    Shannon@BarrheadTravel
    Scotland’s largest independent travel agency, Barrhead Travel, has confirmed plans to invest £2.5m in a new experience store at Port Glasgow Retail Park, due to open in mid-2018.
     
    The new store opening will be a relocation from its current Inverclyde outlet in Greenock’s Oak Mall. The move to a larger premises will double the existing team of travel consultants and Barrhead Travel are on the lookout for talented travel sales people with a passion for providing exceptional customer service.
     
    There will be dedicated cruise and longhaul areas in the store as well as a foreign currency unit.  The positioning of the store will be close to the Tesco Superstore and opposite Marks & Spencer, Next and Boots.  Doors will be open 7 days a week and will be open until 8pm during weekdays.
     
    The plans are unveiled as Barrhead reveal three new store openings in the first half of 2018, as part of a continued drive to expand its footprint across the country.   
     
    Scotland’s largest independent travel agent is investing £8.1m on new store launches across the UK in 2018.  The plans are hot on the heels of other store launches in the last 18 months, the most recent of which was in Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast, in December 2017.
     
    The travel retailer said the expansion was needed as the number of customers booking holidays in its stores continued to rise.
     
    Barrhead Travel’s rapid growth campaign bucks the travel industry trend following the recent closures of other high street travel agents. 
     
    Sharon Munro, CEO of Barrhead Travel, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the new store opening in Port Glasgow Retail Park. We know more and more customers are booking in store because they want the expertise of our specialists.
     
    “We really look forward to welcoming both returning and new customers to our new location.  Holidays are an emotional purchase and customers want to feel they are getting the best possible value for money, sound advice from genuine specialists and to know that their holidays are fully financially protected.”
     
     
    In 2015 Barrhead Travel expanded into the English market with a new store in Eldon Square, Newcastle, then in Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester. Its network of stores, call centres and offices is over 70.
     
    Barrhead Travel currently employs over 1000 people and is recruiting throughout the UK for experienced sales consultants, team leaders and managers. For more information on the vacancies available, contact their Recruitment team on 0141 223 6655 or email recruitment@barrheadtravel.co.uk

    Shannon@BarrheadTravel
    Barrhead Travel, one of the UK’s largest independent travel agencies, has confirmed plans to open an experiential store in Southampton, investing £2.1m over 5 years.
     
    The new store opening will create approximately 12 new jobs in the local area and the travel agency are looking for experienced travel specialists to apply.  Southampton is the latest outlet adding to its extensive network of over 70 retail outlets across the UK. 
     
    There will be separate cruise and longhaul areas in the store but the agency will provide all types of holidays.  The store will also feature a foreign currency unit.  The positioning of the store will be on Above Bar Street, facing the entrance to Westquay Shopping Centre and close to Boots, Primark and the Post Office.   
     
    The plans are unveiled as Barrhead Travel revealed another new store in Fort Kinnaird Retail Park in the Edinburgh area earlier last week with an investment of £3.5m over the course of 5 years.
     
    The travel agent is investing millions of pounds in new store launches across the UK in 2018 covering shop fit outs, staffing, technology, training, IT and support.  The plans are hot on the heels of several store launches in the last 18 months, the most recent of which was in Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast, in December 2017.
     
    The travel retailer said the expansion was needed as the number of customers booking holidays in its stores continued to rise.
     
    Barrhead Travel’s rapid growth campaign bucks the travel industry trend following the recent closures of other high street travel agents. 
     
    Bill Munro, Chairman of Barrhead Travel, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the new store opening in Southampton, the first on England’s South Coast. We really look forward to welcoming new customers to our fantastic store. 
     
    “Customers book with Barrhead Travel because they want the expertise of our specialists.  Holidays are an emotional purchase and customers want to feel they are getting the best possible value for money, sound advice from genuine specialists and to know that their holidays are fully financially protected.”
     
    In 2015 Barrhead Travel expanded into the English market with a store in Eldon Square, Newcastle, then in Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester. Its network of stores, call centres and offices is over 70, UK wide.
     
     
     
    Barrhead Travel currently employs over 1000 people and is recruiting for Southampton and throughout the UK for experienced sales consultants, team leaders and managers.

    Shannon@BarrheadTravel
    Scotland’s largest independent travel agency, Barrhead Travel, has confirmed plans to invest £3.5million over a five year period in a new experience store at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, due to open in mid-2018.
     
    The new store opening will create approximately 16 new jobs in the local area and will be the fifth Barrhead Travel store in the Edinburgh vicinity. There will be dedicated cruise and longhaul areas in the store as well as a foreign currency unit.  The positioning of the store will be close to M&S, Primark and TKMaxx and doors will be open 7 days a week and will be open until 10pm during weekdays.
     
    The plans are unveiled as Barrhead reveal three new store openings in the first half of 2018, as part of a continued drive to expand its footprint across the country.   
     
    Scotland’s largest independent travel agent is investing millions of pounds on new store launches across the UK in 2018 covering shop fit outs, staffing, technology, training, IT and support.  The plans are hot on the heels of other store launches in the last 18 months, the most recent of which was in Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast, in December 2017.
     
    The travel retailer said the expansion was needed as the number of customers booking holidays in its stores continued to rise.
     
    Barrhead Travel’s rapid growth campaign bucks the travel industry trend following the recent closures of other high street travel agents. 
     
    Bill Munro, Chairman of Barrhead Travel, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the new store opening in Fort Kinnaird Retail Park. We know more and more customers are booking in store because they want the expertise of our specialists.
     
    “We really look forward to welcoming both returning and new customers to our new location.  Holidays are an emotional purchase and customers want to feel they are getting the best possible value for money, sound advice from genuine specialists and to know that their holidays are fully financially protected.”
     
    In 2015 Barrhead Travel expanded into the English market with a new store in Eldon Square, Newcastle then in Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester. Its network of stores, call centres and offices is over 70.
     
     
     
     
    Barrhead Travel currently employs over 1000 people and is recruiting throughout the UK for experienced sales consultants, team leaders and managers. For more information on the vacancies available, contact their Recruitment team on 0141 223 6655 or emailrecruitment@barrheadtravel.co.uk

    Shannon@BarrheadTravel
    A news report has been published highlighting the increasing number of fraudulent transactions serviced via Airbnb.
     
    It was reported that almost 1 million customers have fallen victim to some type of fraud from the website within the last year.  
     
    Research into the home sharing company found that one in five complainants had a host cancel their stay at the last minute or never turn up. More than a quarter reported unsafe conditions, such as a bug infestation, or the accommodation not being as described and one in six said they were victim of a scam, such as the host demanding extra cash when they arrived.
     
    The study, conducted by travel blogger Asher Fergusson, quotes Airbnb employees as saying between 3% and 7% of stays turn into a problem. With 80 million trips completed on the website in 2016 that suggests that up to 5.5 million travellers had a bad experience last year. 
     
    Fergusson stated; “Airbnb doesn’t require any ID other than an email address and phone number so anyone could be your host.
    “They don’t even require real names or profile photos. This means you could end up staying with a criminal, registered sex offender or scam artist.”
     
    This report highlights the importance of holiday financial protection and ensuring your booking provider is ABTA and ATOL protected. Travel companies like Barrhead Travel conduct due diligence on all hotels, airlines, tour operators, cruise lines and travel partners to ensure quality and safety.  

    Shannon@BarrheadTravel
    Barrhead Travel today welcomed a couple amazingly like Prince Harry and his new Princess to be, Meghan Markle to their luxury store on St Vincent St in Glasgow to help them choose the perfect getaway to reflect and unwind following their Windsor Castle wedding.
     
    The adventurous couple browsed the globe and leafed through travel brochures with “Meghan” keen to explore outside of her native North American home. “Harry” has never been quiet to talk about his love of Africa so first on their list to find out more about was Cape Town, followed by the Seychelles, then the Norwegian Fjords, a Galapagos Cruise and the starry Amalfi Coast.
     
    Chief Executive of Barrhead Travel, Sharon Munro, said: “It’s such an exciting time for any newly engaged couple and we are confident we will be able to tailor make the perfect honeymoongetaway for Harry and Meghan.
    “Whether it is lounging on an exclusive beach in the Seychelles or wine tasting in Cape Town, our experts will listen and advise based on personal tastes. Going by their love of Botswana we think Harry and Meghan will strike the perfect balance of sand, cocktails and adventure.”
     
     
    Harry and Meghan’s Top 5 Honeymoon destinations
     
    South Africa:
    Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Self Drive
    Cape Town, Hermanus, Swellendam, Oudtshoorn, Plettenburg Bay, and Eastern Cape Safari.
    Our most popular self-drive itinerary explores some of South Africa's most beautiful scenery. Start out in Cape Town and enjoy the wealth of sights and fantastic food and wine. Travel along the Garden route, stopping off at picturesque towns and coastline. End your trip in one of the Eastern Cape's exclusive wildlife reserves.
    15 day/14 night Self Drive Holiday
    Prices from £1697pp
     
     
     
     
    Seychelles:
     Enjoy a vibrant stopover in one of the world’s super-cities before jetting off to the ultimate relaxation destination.
    Dubai & The Seychelles Twin Centre
    5* Hilton Dubai The Walk, 4 nights, 5* Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, 8 nights.
    13 day/12 night Holiday
    Prices from £1997pp
     
     
    Norwegian Fjords:
     Princess Cruises: Norwegian Fjords on the Sapphire Princess
    Sailing from Southampton: Sea, Stavanger, Olden, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Bergen, Sea, Southampton.
    7 night Holiday
    Prices from £727 pp plus $150 per cabin on board credit
      
    Galapagos Cruise:
    Celebrity Cruise: Galapagos Island Cruise, with 3 nights stay in Quito(escorted stay)
    11 night Holiday
    Prices from £5997pp
     
    Pompeii, Capri & The Bay of Naples:
    A real taste of Italy: Full-day visit to the stunning island of Capri. Tour of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum with a local guide. Full-day guided tour of Pompeii and the Naples Archaeological Museum. Walking orientation tour of Sorrento. Full day tour of the breath-taking Amalfi coast. Return travel from a selection of regional airports, plus all hotel transfers. Seven nights in a choice of superior accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, plus breakfast and dinner.
    8 day Holiday
    Prices from only £699pp

     


    Shannon@BarrheadTravel
    Buy your tickets to this year’s Girls Day Out Show in the SECC to help raise money for one of our official charity partners Glasgow Children’s Hospital PLUS be in with the chance of winning a holiday for four to New York!
     
    We have teamed up with Girls Day Out to help raise money for The Schiehallion Appeal, which aims to raise £500,000 to assist the hospital’s Clinical Trials Clinic, designed to help children with cancer and blood disorders.
     
    All money from ticket sales this week (6 – 12 November) will be automatically donated to the appeal. What’s more, everyone who buy a ticket this week will be entered into our exclusive prize draw to win a dream holiday for four to New York, courtesy of the team here at Barrhead Travel!
     
    Support this amazing cause and buy your tickets today - http://www.girlsdayoutshow.co.uk/

    Shannon@BarrheadTravel
    As October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness month, on Saturday 21st October myself and 8 of my wonderful Barrhead Team, braved the rain, wind and freezing temperatures to make the 3,200 feet climb upto the top of Ben Lomond.
     
    It was a gruelling 5 hour round trip but what an incredible achievement for all of us, all in aid of the wonderful charity Breast Cancer Awareness.
     
    We all know someone who has been affected by this horrible disease, so the more money we raise the more we can help the amazing doctors and nurses help those currently battling cancer and more importantly the money we raise will go towards helping researchers finally kick cancers butt once and all.
     
    I am very proud to say we have raised a whopping £2,000 and the amount is still growing so thank you to everyone that sponsored our team 










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