16/07/2014 - Bakers Dolphin to Open Ticket and Travel Agency in Bristol
One of the West Country’s biggest names in holidays and travel is returning to the High Street
One of the West Country's biggest names in holidays and travel is returning to the High Street after more than a decade with a ticket shop and travel centre in Bristol promoting British and overseas day's out and coach holidays.
Bakers Dolphin, which once had over 100 travel shops throughout the region, has opened a new shop in Broadmead. Part of the service will be booking people into London West End shows and enabling them to walk out with their tickets straight away.
The holiday company, with its headquarters in Weston-super-Mare, has a history dating back to 1889 and is still in the ownership of the same family.
Since 1998, when its travel division was sold to First Choice, Bakers Dolphin has concentrated on its core business of coach holidays in the UK and Europe, coach hire and day's out to events and shows.
Sales and Marketing Director Amanda Harrington said: "The new shop is strategically positioned between Cabot Circus and Broadmead in Bristol. Although we now take lots of bookings online there are still a lot of people who want to talk to a travel adviser, discuss special requirements or have help deciding on what to book.
"Our coach holiday shop in the Sovereign Centre, Weston-super-Mare has been a major success and we decided to bring it to Bristol. Our London events are hugely popular and we will have the same facilities as the London ticket bureau so people will be able to have their show tickets in the hands before they leave Bristol.
"We will continue to expand our coach holidays, which we provide ourselves with our own fleet of 60 vehicles with destinations throughout the UK and Europe, including our popular Gold Service luxury service.
"The travel shop will take advantage of the latest technology so it will be small and efficient and wired in to the best deals and late offers and will be staffed with experienced travel specialists."
The move has created three new jobs with travel advisers on hand to help people select holidays across Europe to destinations such as Venice and Monaco or book exciting short breaks to shows, events, food festivals, Christmas markets, concerts and shopping excursions.
Pictured, left to right, Heidi Morgan, Nicki Rich and Joanne Cook