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Founder of top travel firm has scooped a national award

Founder of top travel firm has scooped a national award

 Barry Moore (left) has scooped a 30 under 30 TTG award for 2018

Barry Moore (left) has scooped a 30 under 30 TTG award for 2018

Barry Moore, the co-founder and head of operations of Guildford based clubbing holiday brand Party Hard Travel has scooped one of the coveted TTG 30 under 30 awards for 2018. The scheme is designed to recognise high achievers in the travel industry who have made significant impact in their organisations and who are Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders. Party Hard Travel are one of only four companies in the travel sector to have been recognised by the TTG awards for two consecutive years.

Barry started the company with co-founder and fellow University of Portsmouth graduate Nathan Cable in 2014, but their inspiration for the brand came five years earlier whilst still at Portsmouth. After self-organising their first clubbing holiday to Ayia Napa, the pair realised there was a gap in the market for a brand specialising in party holidays.

The tipping point for the brand came when they introduced their Party Hard event packages meaning that party events were all included for free Barry and Nathan Cable the holiday. 

In the past two years, the brand have experienced 1,200% growth, taking 10,000 customers on party holidays around Europe, and were awarded the Travel Network Group’s member of the year in 2017.

Still two years away from 30, the age that many use as a marker to measure professional success, Barry has achieved a great deal as highlighted by his TTG 30 under 30 win. But Barry readily admits that the idea for the brand was a slow-burner:

When Nathan and I were at university, like most students we weren’t really thinking longer term, we were only interested in how we could make money. It was only as we did our research and saw that young people were being fleeced for party events in resort that we decided we could do it better. As we progressed our mind-set changed. It wasn’t about making money anymore, it was about giving our customers the best week of their lives. We’re turning party travel on its head.”

Now Barry continues to aim high with Party Hard Travel and also has plans for a social enterprise to help homeless and disadvantaged youngsters. But as for down-time, the clubbing entrepreneur isn’t afraid to be different there either:

It’s funny because people have an expectation of what I’ll be like because of what I do. The reality is that I hate being the centre of attention, which is the complete opposite to my business partner Nathan. He’s there in the middle of the party with the grime music blasting out, and I’m in the corner having a quiet drink! When it comes down to it though, we’ve got the same values and that’s what makes us a good team.”

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