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First and foremost we are a travel company. Every person in the team comes from a travel background, and even the office dog has a passport. As a team we have worked on countless activities from on pack promotions to press trips, from media to motivation and we treat every single client with the respect and individuality that they deserve. Our management team have over 25 years’ experience in the industry and still firmly believe in getting involved on a daily basis to ensure service, originality and innovation take priority.

Learn a little bit more about the team...

DAWN
DEAN

Dawn Dean

What first enticed you into the travel industry?

I never really went abroad much as a child which made me fascinated by the world of planes, holidays, and exotic places. I had made a list of the top 10 places I wanted to visit by the age of 16 but didn’t really know much about how to get there or what to see. After a trip to the travel agent I decided that this world was for me! I only have one of the ten left to visit...

What are your areas of expertise?

I love creating proposals for film and television, there’s an air of excitement about them and it’s a chance to do something a bit different. I am also a bit of a history nerd, so anything related to history always interests me too. On a personal note I have a soft spot for American cities, in particular Las Vegas, San Francisco and Miami. My three favourite holidays I have ever been on are Australia, Mexico and the Maldives – all different but all amazing.

Favourite place and why?

The Maldives, the closest to paradise I think you can get!

Most memorable travelling moment?

Diving off the barrier reef from Cairns, Australia.

EMMA
BRADSHAW

Emma Bradshaw

What first enticed you into the travel industry?

Great memories of family holidays when I was younger. I took an NVQ travel in Leisure in Tourism but still wasn’t sure in which direction I would go and then got a job as a travel agent at 17. I’ve been in the travel industry ever since and love how you can never know everything, there is always something new to learn.

What are your areas of expertise?

Canada, USA and Caribbean

Favourite place and why?

Canada. It was my first longhaul trip and I took away so much from it. The country is so diverse, beautiful landscapes, lots of wildlife and full of adventure and experiences.

Most memorable travelling moment?

Crossing the arctic circle on a Norwegian Fjord Cruise in the middle of the night. I was alone and the sea was very rough, it was frightening. It was also my first ever fam trip.

GEMMA
WRAY

Gemma Wray

What first enticed you into the travel industry?

I fell into the industry by chance but travel is always something that was of interest to me. I never imagined I would make a career of it.

What are your areas of expertise?

Mainly the Far East, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. I would like to think though that I have quite a varied knowledge though.

Favourite place and why?

Probably Hong Kong. It was my first long haul trip and this is the reason I’m still in the industry today. At a young age it completely opened up my mind to differed cultures, diverse food and architecture. This is where I learnt that travel really does broaden the mind.

Most memorable travelling moment?

Elephant trekking in Koh Samui. It might seem perfectly normal however being sat on the back of a huge Elephant trekking downhill when you are not strapped in is truly terrifying. Probably would still do it again though.

MICHAEL
CHAMBERS

Michael Chambers

What got you into the travel industry?

At the tender age of 7 I remember sitting in Pickford’s Travel (when there were high street agents) booking my Mum and step Father’s honeymoon. I was mesmerised by the whole thing and from then on I knew I wanted to work in travel.

What are your areas of expertise?

Whilst I don’t like to admit it, I have worked in this rather niche industry for over 20 years. I started off as a trainee at 16 for Protravel, who at the time were one of the market leaders and industry pioneers. Working in the same industry for a long period of time has given me vast experience and insight across all areas of the business.

Favourite place and why?

The million-dollar question – but here goes...

The US – love the fact it’s a little bit superficial (for a short period) and can be very manicured, but turn a corner and it’s rough and ready and has complete character.

Cook Islands – you can’t get much further away from the UK – a good enough reason.

Sydney – I love the fact you can be sat in your office one minute, and on a perfect beach within 20 minutes – it also has the best commute on earth.

South Africa – the scenery, the wine, the wildlife, the people!

Any mountains – perfect in the winter for skiing, and perfect for cycling up any other time. Clean air, perfect views, what’s not to like.

(Oh apparently I need to stop typing...)

Most memorable travelling moment?

Work related – hosting 350 winners on Sydney Harbour for the Millennium. We had the best spot on the Harbour and we partied like it was 1999!

NATASHA
FAY

Natasha Fay

What first enticed you into the travel industry?

An apprenticeship advert in the window of the local Thomas Cook was enough to entice me through the door. The opportunity to study for a qualification, work and earn some money at the same time was very appealing. Then there was the prospect of travelling the world …. I applied and it was mine.

What are your areas of expertise?

Having worked in the industry for a number of years my knowledge of the world around us is pretty rounded. When it comes to areas of expertise this seems to lie in the places I have been or visited, the best way to become an ‘expert’! The UK and Europe, you can spend very little time travelling and gain such variation in scenery and culture, this seems to be my field. Cities, the countryside, coastal, mountain tops.... and then there is the biscuit tin, I am an expert at sharing, eating them and topping it up ☺.

Favourite place and why?

Naturally there are too many to choose from however if pushed to decide, I recently visited San Sebastian in Northern Spain. Everything about it is appealing. A mix of city and beach life, San Sebastian is smart, chic and compactly nestled on the coastline in a beautiful, sandy bay. As you wander through the streets the patriotism of the Spanish is reflected, from the grandeur of the buildings to the way the produce is displayed in a market. Best of all is the unique culture of ‘Pintxos’, scattered all over the city, completely unique, I have not been to or eaten anywhere quite like it.

Most memorable travelling moment?

Another country I love is France, the diversity is great. As a family we once visited the Dordogne. My Husband, myself and at the time our 2 small Daughters enjoyed a most memorable day in a kayak paddling up the Dordogne river. With our baguettes and French fayre packed, we meandered along, watching the world go by at a very different pace giving us the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful part of France from a completely different angle. I love the way our Daughters still talk about that day every once in a while.

VICTORIA
RICHARDS

Victoria Richards

What got you into the travel industry?

An apprenticeship coupled with a passion for travel.

What are your areas of expertise?

Helping our winners to get the most out of their holiday. I love researching and confirming city breaks and cruises.

Favourite place and why?

London. Our capital has some amazing landmarks and there is always something new and exciting to experience every time I visit.

Most memorable travelling moment?

Cruising the Mediterranean with my husband - our best holiday to date!

VICKY
WASH

Vicky Walsh

What got you into the travel industry?

As a child I always wanted to be a member of cabin crew, however a fear a flying jeopardized my chances. Being a travel agent was the obvious direction and it is the best choice I have ever made.

What are your areas of expertise?

Safari, USA & the Caribbean. I am also known in the office for making a good cuppa tea!!

Favourite place and why?

Kenya, Experiencing wildlife in their natural surroundings is truly amazing. Once you had experienced this no trip to the zoo is ever the same.

Most memorable travelling moment?

Whilst on a family trip of a lifetime in the breath-taking Aberdare National Park, we had a very close encounter with a herd of Buffalo while trekking through the plains to reach the famous Treetops. Flip-flops were not the best choice of footwear!!