A renowned independent Cumbrian travel agency are celebrating after a well-respected award win and being shortlisted for prestigious travel industry awards.
The agency has had two of their stores, Whitehaven and Workington shortlisted for ‘The Top Agency in the North West of England’ which is voted for by the industry itself. These awards are hosted by the travel industries leading media outlet Travel Trade Gazette (TTG).
When the shortlist of agencies was announced on Monday (14th December) Tricia was ‘over the moon’ after a difficult year in the industry, Tricia said: “We are so proud to have both of our shops in Whitehaven and Dunmail Park, Workington in the final five. This is an amazing achievement for all at Cumbria Travel. After such a hard year this is a huge boost to our amazing teams.”
Cumbria Travel's Whitehaven store won Top Travel Agency in the North West 2018 and the Dunmail Park branch, was runner-up in 2019. They will find out where they place in this year’s awards in mid-March.
The agency who have stores in Whitehaven, Dunmail and Carlisle last week also won County Brides ‘Top Travel Agent’ in the North West of England. This award is voted for by the clients which makes it all the more special for co-directors Leanne Miller and Tricia Rickerby.
Leanne shared her joy: “We were delighted to learn of our nomination for County Brides Top Travel Agent North West several months ago. This award is really special to us not just because it's the first time we have been nominated and won but because it is entirely won on customer nominations.
“We have helped many Cumbrian couples say their "I dos " over the years and lost count of the hen / stag parties we have arranged so to win this accolade for our team is amazing we are truly humbled and immensely grateful to all our customers."
Managing Director of County Brides, Duane Thornborough, said: “We wanted to take tonight to have some escapism from the events of 2020. This has been one of the hardest years yet for the wedding industry and it was important to us to make sure these fabulous people got the credit and recognition they deserve.
“On the night we were also able to raise much needed funds for our chosen charity,
Destination Florida Children’s Charity. Guests made kind donations via text, which will help to take children with life threatening and life limiting medical conditions on a magical holiday to Florida.”
The company employs many members of staff and having worked tirelessly through the pandemic providing help and support to their own customers and others who were struggling to keep up with the ever-changing travel restrictions, both Leanne and Tricia are extremely proud of their team.
“We are so thankful to them and of course our loyal customers who have supported us since the day we opened" said Tricia.
The dynamic travelprennuers who both used to work for large firms decided in late 2014 that they wanted to setup their own agency, providing something different and local to the Cumbrian high-street, a decision which has proved to be a hit among consumers and fellow industry friends.