Portsmouth Graduate Wins Prestigious Travel Industry Award
|Published: 7th December 2017 21:51|
An independent travel business set up by a University of Portsmouth graduate has won a prestigious travel award in recognition of their hard work and dedication to travel in 2017.
Party Hard Travel, which was co-founded by Nathan Cable, a 2011 Accounting with Finance graduate, won the ‘Member of the Year – 2017 Travel Trust Association Award’ presented by The Travel Network Group.
The award was presented to Nathan and his co-founder Barry Moore at The Travel Network Group’s ‘The Power of You’ conference in Monaco. The conference is one of the largest travel events of the year attracting over 500 of the travel industry’s highest profile individuals and companies.
Nathan helped to set up Party Hard Travel with Barry after graduating in 2014. The University’s startup incubator, nest, worked with them in the early stages of their business and last year Nathan won the Alumni Recognition Award at the University’s annual Enterprise Showcase.
Nathan, who is Head of Sales and Marketing, said: “This year we launched an agency platform which allows travel agents to book their customers on Party Hard holiday packages. Since the award announcement we have seen agency registrations increase by over 600 per cent compared to the previous period which highlights the impact the award has had already.”
Barry Moore, Head of Operations added: “We are thrilled to be presented with the Member of the Year award, it’s a real honour for us and a great reflection of all the hard work put in by the team. To collect this award and be recognised in front of hundreds of the UK’s highest profile travel professionals was unreal.”
Commenting on the award, Gary Lewis, Chief Executive of The Travel Network Group said: “This award goes to the Party Hard team in recognition of their work in 2017. They operate a highly entrepreneurial business and are hungry for growth and further success. Whilst they are highly ambitious in their approach, they are building the business on strong values and already have a fast-growing customer-base.”
Party Hard was formed in 2014 as a holiday brand aimed at the youth and clubbing market. Since that time the business has gone from strength to strength, tripling their sales year on year and establishing a strong brand in their sector. They have secured TV partnerships with the likes of Love Island and Geordie Shore, developed a schedule of their own events which will go live in three additional resorts for Summer 18 and have ambitious plans to be the market leader in the sector by 2020 with sales in excess of £10m.
Nathan and Barry have re-invented clubbing holidays with their unique concept of including an events package free with the guest’s holiday, which would usually cost youngsters up to £300 extra in resort. They also have a team of reps in resort who are rewarded on 5* reviews which drives customer service and experience, as opposed to challenging sales targets. Party Hard Travel operate in the hottest party resorts; Ayia Napa, Ibiza, Kavos, Magaluf, Malia, Sunny Beach and Zante.