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L&K Travel hopes to create unforgettable holidays for its clients at its new beachfront shop in Newquay. 

Jess and Laurie Gardener from L&K Travel

Jess and Laurie Gardener from L&K Travel will offer clients a luxury service at their Newquay store

A travel agency in Cornwall has shared how it offers clients a ‘luxury’ service before the holiday has even begun, following the launch of its walk-in agency on the Newquay coast. 

 

Jess and Laurie Gardener opened the doors of L&K Travel on 27 May, bringing a combined experience of more than nine years in the industry to the idyllic seaside town. 

 

Inspired by their two sons, the married couple will be specialising in luxury and Disney holidays after gaining a passion for globetrotting as a young family. Their contacts book is large, the couple say, and they will be working with more than 200 suppliers, while adding that their client base is already loyal, consisting of friends, family members and Jess’s former customers from her time at Newells Travel in St Austell and Co-Op Travel in Radstock. 

 

While Jess says the agency won’t be turning anyone away, L&K will aim to focus on luxury travel by offering personalised service and competitive quotes. The couple have close relationships with suppliers such as Cunard, Silversea, Celebrity Cruises and If Only, and having visited more than 20 destinations between them, share an expert insight into planning memorable holidays.

 

“I would hope for our luxury business to be at least 60% of what we’re doing,” Jess tells TTG Luxury. “When people think of bucket list trips, I want them to think of us.”

Go the extra mile

For Jess and Laurie, premium service is the foundation of their brand. The VIP treatment begins in their Newquay store, which, with its seafront address, puts clients in the holiday mood before they’ve even browsed a brochure. 

 

“Our location is fantastic,” Jess says. “It’s warm and inviting, it’s very private, and the view overlooking Towan Beach is spectacular.” 

 

She adds that the store’s interior has been beautifully decorated to create a “luxury atmosphere” where customers are greeted with refreshments, as well as personalised branded ticket wallets once they’ve made a booking. “The feel and vibe is a level above the more commercialised, larger travel agents,” she says. “We want to find out everything about our customer, because that’s when you can truly tailor make it for them. This enables us to anticipate the clients’ needs ahead of time.” 

 

“We would like to go that extra mile. We will do that without the customer requesting it,” she says. “We will be looking to get everything from complimentary bottles of wine and fruit baskets to late checkouts and room upgrades. We want to push the boundaries so that the client remembers us and says, ‘Wow, that was a really lovely gesture’.” 

It Takes A Village  

Jess and Laurie have also connected with the Newquay community, teaming up with local traders to promote their brand and foster mutually beneficial relationships. 

 

“The businesses in our immediate vicinity are absolutely wonderful,” Jess says. “We’ve had incredible support from local surf schools that want us to create surf packages for example, and they’re also allowing us to advertise on their rash vests.” L&K has also linked up with two local photographers, who have helped them to create high-quality marketing tools for the business. 

 

“We want to be immersed in the community,” she adds. “We’re not a hard sell – we want to make and create something perfect for you, something that you’re going to remember for years to come.”

Smart Events

Jess and Laurie are keen to raise awareness of L&K Travel, especially ahead of the busy summer season. The couple hosted an promotional day in Killacourt, Newquay on Saturday, 25 May, two days before the opening of its beachfront store. The event was attended by over 100 members of the public, along with the Mayor of Newquay, who cut a ribbon in celebration of its launch.

 

There was also live music by C Bone, free ice cream, goodie bags and a brochure display, as well as bouncy castles for kids and a raffle in aid of RNLI Newquay. 

 

As for their long-term vision, Jess and Laurie are keen to grow the business as much as possible over the next few years. While they are happy with their present location, they may upgrade to a larger premises, and are also looking to hire additional staff in the near future. 

 

“It’s just myself and my husband at the moment, but we are planning to expand,” Jess adds. “When the opportunity arises, we’ll 100% be getting bigger and better!” 

 

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