A Leicestershire travel agent is set to open a new store later this year despite the global pandemic.
Sheena Sumner, who is the founder and director of independent and award-winning travel agency Wonderluxe Travel, says she will open the store in the heart of her home town, Castle Donington, by early autumn.
Located in Borough Street, it will offer a range of overseas tailor-made luxury holidays, weddings and honeymoons, as well as corporate travel and concierge services to local shoppers.
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Sheena, who set up Wonderluxe Travel as a home-working agency in 2019, said: “We got off to a great start and then Covid-19 hit. It has been a daunting time but I have always had the vision of growing my own travel business and I refuse to let a global pandemic get in the way.
“Last year I joined up to five networking Zoom calls a week with like-minded business owners, which has enabled me to find my fantastic business partner, who will be investing in these next exciting steps with me.
“With over 17 years’ sales experience across multiple sectors, including travel and wealth of personal travel experience, nothing brings me more joy than to help design amazing tailor-made holidays that create long-lasting memories and I can’t wait to welcome holidaymakers to the new store once it’s open and share my passion.”
Two additional members of staff have been employed since January and more home-working travel consultant jobs will be created throughout 2021, with four of the team based at the new store once it is open.
The store will act as a travel lounge, where customers can pop in and speak to a travel consultant about their future travel plans over a coffee or a glass of Champagne. Appointments will be available on request.
Wonderluxe Travel works with a hand-picked selection of travel partners to offer a wide range of luxury overseas holidays that includes adventure travel, beach holidays, cruise, safaris, ski and wellness holidays.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, Wonderluxe Travel is offering flexible booking terms and can provide options to amend, defer and cancel.