Founded in 2003 by Stuart and Angela Wilson, Blue Bay Travel provides holidays to more than 16,500 passengers per year.
The business operates under several specialist brands – including Caribbean Warehouse, specialising in destinations such as Mexico, Dominican Republic, Barbados and Saint Lucia – and Tropical Warehouse, focusing on the Indian Ocean and Far East. Since 2003 the business has won over 60 awards including Travel Company of the Year 2011 and Best UK Travel Call Centre of the Year 2015.
In February 2017 Blue BayTravel secured a £6.5million investment from LDC.
Following the investment, Blue Bay Travel plans to accelerate growth by investing in its proprietary price comparison technology and online booking platform, expanding its 60-strong team of travel experts, adding more homeworkers to the sales team – and launching new, innovative products.
As part of the deal, LDC has acquired a significant minority shareholding, with Investment Director David Andrews joining the board alongside independent non-executive Lawrence Dean, and travel industry veteran Andrew Gardner as non-executive Chairman.