Bakers Dolphin is returning to the High Street after more than a decade with a ticket shop and travel centre in Bristol, promoting British and overseas days out and coach holidays and creating three new jobs.
The operator, 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 days 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.”