An NHS nurse who has recently made the move to retail travel with new Hebburn-based travel agency, Tyne Travel, says summer holidays are high in demand. Tyne Travel is a Managed Service Travel Partner of Brilliant Travel, part of the Barrhead Travel Group.
Kristina Vickers has worked in nursing for over 20 years but decided to take the plunge and open a retail travel store when she spotted a gap in the market. She said her passion for people spurred her on to open the store and has been supported by her husband, who has travel experience. She continues to balance her NHS role with her store.
The store is staffed by two full-time travel consultants who have over 45 years of travel experience between them with Kristina managing the day-to-day business.
Following a soft-launch in mid-February 2022, Tyne Travel reports demand is taking off with city breaks, package holidays and cruises selling particularly well during their first two months of trading.
In particular, the travel agency has noted that many customers are booking and travelling within six weeks – indicating that last-minute travel was on the rise. Although demand for summer was high, the agency says good deals are still available.
Vickers said she believes there is great opportunity within the town thanks to the rapidly expanding property development market with new estates currently being built.
“I have always loved working with people and it’s a dream to be able to open a retail store in the heart of my community. The community have been very supportive and we have been busy since day one!
People are moving back to towns and the development going on in Hebburn means there is ample opportunity for new businesses on the high street.
“It is clear that travel agencies form the backbone of communities. Being the only local travel agent in the town, we see how much people rely on the services of someone they can trust –and we can see that, in turn, customers also really want to support local independent businesses.
“It’s been a learning journey for me learning about the travel industry but the knowledge my team brings to the business is brilliant. Between them, their expertise lends well to our local market.”