BishopTrips.com, a full service, independent and accredited travel agency which opened June 15 of last year, will be celebrating its first anniversary by expanding its product offerings and moving into a new downtown location.
With expectations of being fully functional by June 15, the travel
consultancy owned by local entrepreneur Bruce Bishop (pictured) will move to an office off the lobby of the Rodd Grand Hotel on Main St.
BishopTrips.com will simultaneously offer a booking or reservation service for local tour operators, assisting them in their marketing and sales to an influx of American visitors expected this year on the new Cat ferry to Portland, Maine that will depart from Yarmouth daily.
“It makes sense a travel agency that sends people around the world on their dream vacations and business trips would also help incoming vacationers book activities that might be on their must-see-must-do lists when they arrive in Nova Scotia,” said Bishop.
To date, BishopTrips.com has designed Nova Scotian itineraries for couples from Tennessee and Oregon that included visits to Yarmouth & Acadian Shores. Bishop will also be promoting trips within the Atlantic Provinces and to other locations in Canada and the US via Atlantic Tours & Travel, a well-known tour operator based in Halifax.
“With our dollar continuing to be favourable for our US friends spending their currency, Nova Scotia is definitely appealing to those across the border. I’m looking forward to many American travellers visiting Yarmouth and Acadian Shores this summer,” added Bishop.
Regarding what the south-western Nova Scotian traveller seems to currently desire, Bishop says that outbound trips to Italy, Spain, Scotland and South Africa tend to elicit the most email and phone queries.
“River cruising in Europe is on an upswing,” he added. “And
investigating one’s ancestors, or enjoying experiences not ordinarily
available here at home are popular – wine tasting in Bordeaux, or cooking classes in Tuscany, for example.”
Bishop is a former travel writer and author (i.e. Michelin Green Guide to Atlantic Canada, 2008), who travelled extensively around the world for 20 years.
“Owning and running a travel agency is a natural progression of my passion for travel,” he concluded.