Lanarkshire travel agency wins prestigious award for 20th consecutive year

A travel agency with branches in Lanarkshire has been awarded ‘Best Large Agency in Scotland’ for the 20th consecutive year at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

Barrhead Travel won the gong at the annual Agent Achievement Awards, hosted by Travel Weekly.

It has celebrated excellence in the travel industry for a quarter of a century and is considered the industry’s highest honor.



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This year’s awards were designed to honor travel agencies and travel agents who have truly represented the best in the beleaguered industry over the past 18 months.

The Best Large Agency in Scotland award recognizes a travel agency that has excelled not only professionally, but also in supporting its partners, colleagues, clients and their communities.

Jacqueline Dobson, president of Barrhead Travel. Recount Lanarkshire Live: “Winning this award 20 years ago was an honor – to maintain our level of excellence for 20 years is incredible, especially after the year we endured.

“This achievement is a true reflection of our team’s commitment to providing the best possible experience for our customers.”

Dobson believes the addition of additional vacation destinations will aggravate growth in demand for late-season deals.

A review saw the introduction of a number of popular winter hotspots, including Turkey, Egypt and the Maldives.

Late Getaways for September and October 2021 are now the agency’s most popular booking months, surpassing the previous trend earlier this summer for clients booking further into 2022 and beyond.

According to the travel group, European resorts such as Tenerife, Alicante and Majorca are by far the most popular destinations for Scottish families in October.

Airlines such as easyJet have added extra Scottish capacity for the October school holidays to meet growing demand.

Dobson said with the full opening of its retail network, the company has noticed a dramatic change in booking habits.

“Before the pandemic, the trend to use a travel agency was growing due to holidaymakers making more complex trips and being concerned about financial protection,” she added.

“Now, with all the changes to travel, that worry is heightened and people naturally want reassurance – both in terms of advice and protection of their money – from local people they can trust.

“Travel is more complicated than it used to be, but having an expert who lives and breathes travel advice can make vacations simple and stress-free. Our award is a testament to our quality in this service.

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Willie R. Golden