The move means that Chester-based Galina International Study Tours will be able to offer flights for the first time as part of its school trip packages.
The number of passengers it takes on tours will increase to more than 80,000 as part of the acquisition by specialist educational travel company Next Generational Travel (NGT), based in Blackpool.
Established in 1989, Galina initially focused upon battlefield tours before expanding its portfolio to include school tours. All of its study tours can be tailored to teachers’ specific requirements and the firm employs teachers and examiners from all 10 subject areas it covers to ensure that trips directly relate to the National Curriculum.
It runs a variety of tours including History trips to Ypres, Messines & Passchendaele, Geography tours to places including Amsterdam, Normandy, Dunkirk, Liverpool, North Wales and Dorset as well as Maths tours of Belgium, London and Paris.
About Next Generational Travel:
NGT, which includes the WST Travel, FHT Travel, Anglia Tours, Study Experiences, Sport Experiences and Remembrance Travel brands, was established in 2010.
Across the seven educational travel brands it offers immersive tours to young people from 10 - 21 years, which are designed to offer unique and empowering learning experiences outside of the classroom.
Speaking about the acquisition, Deborah Beckett, NGT’S managing director, said: “Galina has a fantastic reputation and matches our commitment to tailor school tours to the requirements of the curriculum. Providing high levels of customer service and bespoke tours has fuelled our growth and it’s exciting to join forces with a company that has such an affinity with our values.”
The only educational travel company to be awarded the Investors in People Standard and Service Excellence Award, WST Travel has been named the UK’s Best School Tour Operator in the School Travel Awards for the last three years.