Light Blue Travel celebrates anniversary 30 years after launching in Cambridge with one of the industry’s first websites
One of the first travel companies ever to have a website has celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Light Blue Travel was established in February 1992 by managing director Rupert Thomson to provide services locally and nationally from offices in central Cambridge.
It has expanded significantly since then, with specialist cruise, villa and activity holiday divisions, and sells a variety of worldwide package holidays.
An ABTA member, with an ATOL licence that enables it to package its own protected holidays, it is the UK representative for American Queen Voyages and nicko cruises, selling US and European river cruises and holidays at the Great Lakes and in Alaska to direct customers and other travel companies.
Rupert recalled how Light Blue Travel - named after the famous colours of the University of Cambridge - was among the first companies of its kind with a digital presence.
“Cambridge is a hub for technology start-ups and in the early 1990s we were approached by one that wanted to put us on this new phenomenon, the worldwide web,” he said.
“Our Algarve villa brochure was put online but as hardly anyone had computers nobody saw it - it could still be out there in cyberspace!
“Thirty years in business is a huge achievement and a reason to celebrate. I have an incredible team, who are passionate about the travel industry, and share the company’s success.
“It hasn’t always been easy and the last two years have been very tough with virtually no overseas travel but we survived and are now busier than ever and looking to expand and recruit travel professionals to meet the demand.
“Although these days we do business across the UK and Europe, Cambridge has been the perfect location for the business and we’re very grateful for the support of the local community.”
Light Blue Travel is based in Longview Terrace, off Histon Road.