Norad Travel Group acquires Erne Travel in first Irish Expansion

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Norad Travel Group  acquires Erne Travel in first Irish Expansion

News Release - 2 March 2016

Norad Travel Group has underlined its growth intentions with the announcement that the company is to acquire an influential Northern Ireland independent agency. Enniskillen-based Erne Travel becomes the latest business to join the Group, following the successful assimilation of Howard Travel, the West Country holiday specialists bought in January last year.

 ‘Maintaining positive forward momentum is essential,’ stated Chairman & CEO of Norad Travel Group, Mick Gibbs, in positioning the Erne deal within the Group strategy. ‘We have a crystal clear perspective as to the sort of businesses that we want to acquire in order to further build the reputation of the Norad Group. Erne Travel fits that template completely; it’s had continuous success based on outstanding technical and personal service expertise coupled with long-standing community presence and commitment. Businesses like this are sadly few and far between today, so Erne Travel was a perfect opportunity to add further value to our brand and take a strong step into an important regional marketplace at the same time.’

Erne Travel was founded in 1982 by Ciaran O’Hare, who will retire after nearly four decades in the Northern Ireland travel industry. ‘It was time to become part of a bigger organization in order to give our team better tools, more purchasing strength and a chance to do an even better job for our customers as a result.’ said Mr. O’Hare ‘Norad are a perfect fit for Erne Travel as they utterly understand the importance of local conversations and local identity in delivering a first-class travel service.’

Linda Foote, Group Managing Director at Norad added ‘We’ve been greatly impressed with the Erne Travel team, and their undoubted dedication to providing an intelligent and individual service to their customers. So we’re looking forward immensely to providing even greater support and energy to assist our new colleagues become ever more successful within the Northern Ireland travel market.’

The Erne Travel team will join the whole of Norad Travel Group when it celebrates 35 years of travel industry success in May 2016.