Carrick Travel celebrates 45th birthday with staff and suppliers

Pictured are staff from Carrick Travel at the agency’s 45th anniversary celebration.

Independent agency Carrick Travel treated its 50 members of staff to a celebratory conference last weekend to mark its 45th anniversary.

The event was held at Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington Spa, along with 19 operators.

Founded in 1974 by Mike and Sally Carrick, the agency now has 12 branches across central England.

In 2012, directors Tina Nason and Tracey Carter led a management buyout from the founders.

Carter said the Saturday afternoon saw agents play party games with the operators, rather than take part in the more traditional conference-style networking sessions.

The evening party saw honours given out, including the tour operator of the year award given to First Class Holidays.

The employee of the year award went to accounts manager Dawn Walsh, while senior travel consultant Stephen Hall was given a long service award to mark his 40 years with the agency.

There were also videos showing images from Carrick Travel over the past 45 years.

On the Sunday, there were speeches from Jetset; Fran Sandham – who has walked solo across Africa – and motivational speaker Jane Bytheway.

Carter said: “This event was a one-off, specifically for our staff. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed themselves.

“Staff were given gin hampers and we announced that everyone would also be given a day off on their birthday in 2020.”

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