Incoming operator and destination management company Cashel Travel has bought Manchester-based Great British Trips.
Headquartered in Edinburgh, Cashel Travel handles more than 25,000 clients a year from around the world, and looks after incentive groups, conferences, group tours, students and individuals.
Great British Trips specialises in self-guided holidays and independent travel in the UK, and in Ireland under the brand Great Irish Trips.
Both companies are family-run, privately owned tour operators.
Founded by Ruth and Andrew Lancey in 2010, Great British Trips specialises in the B2C market and offers fully inclusive tour services and ad hoc group tours for tour operators.
Since the purchase, it has been operating under the Cashel Travel banner and will continue to trade as normal.
Cashel Travel said in a statement: “The addition of highly experienced staff in Manchester strengthens Cashel Travels position to deliver a better range of services across the UK and Ireland to their many clients.
“Cashel Travel is having its best year ever on the back of an exceptionally strong marketing and sales drive over the last few years. [It] is projecting a turnover this year in excess of £6 million.”
Cashel Travel employs more than 30 staff in its Edinburgh office and the purchase of Great British Trips will add a further five.
James Aitken, Cashel Travel managing director, said: “We believe the ethos of the two companies match perfectly and we are delighted to have everyone in Great British Trips join our very busy team.
“Cashel Travel is one of the largest privately owned destination management companies in Britain and having an office in Manchester with such an experienced team will really strengthen our UK and Irish business.
“2017 has been an exceptional year due in part to our investment in sales and technology not to mention an extremely favourable exchange rate.”
Pictured: City Sightseeing bus in Edinburgh’s New Town. ©VisitBritain/VisitScotland