Travel agents sell up ahead of retirement


Alderley Edge travel agents who have been operating in the village since 1990 have sold their business in preparation for their retirement.

Travel by Design was acquired by Elegant Resorts for an undisclosed sum on Tuesday, 8th January.

After nearly 30 successful years in Alderley Edge, business owners Irene and Kristina Hulme have taken the decision to retire from the travel business and as a result wished to find a suitable and reputable organisation to continue to deliver their vision. After conducting an extensive search, Elegant Resorts was chosen as the organisation who will now work to deliver excellent personal service and specialist travel knowledge to Travel by Design clients.

Kristina Hulme, who celebrated her 50th Year in the Travel Industry in March 2018, said "After working with Elegant Resorts for many years we know they offer the best service and know that our customers are in the very best hands."

In response to the acquisition Lisa Fitzell, Managing Director of Elegant Resorts said "I am extremely excited by this new acquisition of Travel by Design by Elegant Resorts and we are looking forward to continuing to deliver excellent standards to existing customers in Alderley Edge and the surrounding area and building on the fantastic reputation Kristina and Irene have worked so hard to build. I would like to congratulate Irene and Kristina on their extremely successful career and wish them a wonderful and fulfilling retirement."

Kristina added "These are very exciting times ahead. Irene and I have really enjoyed looking after and putting a travel blanket around all our clients since 1990."

Travel By Design


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Alec Finney
Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 3:55 pm
Dear Irene and Kristina,

1. Sad to see you go.
2. Good call for you to enjoy retirement
3. Who will you use to plan travel???
4. Party Time soon???

Best Wishes,

June and Alec Finney
Christine Munro
Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 5:58 pm
Kristina and Irene, we will miss you so much but we do wish you all the best in the future. We hope you will stay in touch. Thankyou for all the lovely holidays you have planned for us.
Liz Baker
Wednesday 16th January 2019 at 4:12 pm
Many thanks to Kristina and Irene for organising so many wonderful holidays for Alan and I. We will miss the invaluable knowledge and tips you provide. I can’t help feeling there’s a travel book waiting to be written.....
Kristina Hulme
Wednesday 16th January 2019 at 8:37 pm
Thank you so much for these kind words . Irene and I have really enjoyed looking after what we call the Best Minds of Manchester and Cheshire. We know we have lived through your travel experiences with you and quite a few people have said thank goodness you were NO 1 on our speed dial!
We treasure our memories and wish you many happy holidays in the future and we relish the thought of travelling to all your favourite destinations that we may helped put on the map!!
Best Wishes
Kristina and Irene Hulme