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Meet the boss: Alison Jago, Completely Croatia

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Alison Jago, founder and head honcho at Completely Croatia. Alison has worked in the travel industry since her early twenties, starting out in the trade press with Travel Weekly (then known as Travel News) on the advertising side. She has also had roles at... Read more

Meet the Boss: Emma Barnett, MD of Tots Too

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Emma Barnett, Managing Director of Tots Too. Emma founded Essential Escapes in 2002, following a career in luxury travel which saw her travel extensively around the globe visiting some of the world’s top spa destinations and resorts. Now a mother of fo... Read more

Meet the Boss: Adele Garbutt, Calabash Hotel, Grenada

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Adele Garbutt (pictured 2nd from the right), Director of Calabash, a delightful boutique hotel in Grenada, which we recommend on 101 Holidays. Adele’s father, Leo (right), bought the hotel in 1987 and the entire family has dedicated itself to creating... Read more

Meet the Boss: Sam Clark, Experience Travel Group

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Sam Clark, co-founder of Experience Travel Group, a tour operator specialising in authentic travel experiences in Asia. We recommend the company’s holidays to Sri Lanka. Q. Please tell us about a great holiday memory from your childhood. My strongest hol... Read more

Meet the Boss: David Seymour, Seymour Hotels of Jersey

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to David Seymour whose company, Seymour Hotels of Jersey, has been family-owned since its founders, George and Ada Seymour, first visited the island on their honeymoon in 1919 and opened a small guest house shortly after. It is now the largest hotel group in the ... Read more

Meet the Boss: Chris Wright, Sunvil

    

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Chris Wright, the recently-appointed MD of the Sunvil Group. Chris has been involved in travel from a very young age – as a teenager, he used to organise overseas trips for the Scouts. He wrote his first letter to Greek Islands Club aged 13 ask... Read more

Meet the Boss: Nick Van Gruisen, The Ultimate Travel Company

      

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk family holidays with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of the independently-owned The Ultimate Travel Company. Having started his working life as a safari guide in Botswana, Nick worked for Tiger Tops before buying a company called Eco Safaris. As ... Read more

Meet the Boss: Alice Gully, Aardvark Safaris

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Alice Gully, a director of Aardvark Safaris. Alice has been involved in African travel since 1995, her initial interest sparked by her entomology tutor at Newcastle University. When a second degree in veterinary science did not go according to plan, she fulfi... Read more

Meet the Boss: Derek Banks, European Waterways

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways. It seems that rivers have always featured in Derek’s life – he went to three schools, all of them on the River Thames, spent his school holidays working in a boatyard and he, his wife Debbie and... Read more

Meet the Boss: Nicholas Malcolm, Sands Resort, Cornwall

Welcome to our new look Meet the Boss where this week we talk to Nicholas Malcolm, MD of Sands Resort Hotel & Spa. When Nicholas was five, his architect father decided to become a hotelier and moved the family from a lovely house in the country to a rundown hotel (now the Bedruthan Steps) where […]... Read more

Meet the Boss – Leslie Hurst, Siblu

     

This week in Meet the Boss we talk to Leslie Hurst, CEO of Siblu Villages. Leslie started his professional career as a lawyer but felt the lure of the travel industry in the 1980s when he joined Laker Airways – the first low-cost scheduled airline. Siblu operates 15 holiday villages througho... Read more

Meet the Boss – Nick Pulley, Selective Asia

This week in Meet the Boss we talk to Nick Pulley, founder and managing director of Selective Asia. Nick has travelled from the frozen tundra of the Canadian Arctic to the deserts of Namibia but fell hopelessly in love with Southeast Asia, the ‘heartland’ of his company, whilst travelling there i... Read more

Meet the Boss – Claire Wilson, The Adventure Company

This week in Meet the Boss we talk to Claire Wilson, Managing Director of The Adventure Company, one of the UK’s leading family adventure holiday specialists. During her seven years at the helm, she’s travelled with her husband and son (now 15) to far flung destinations including China, French Polynesia... Read more

Meet the Boss: James Morris of Holiday Cottages

This week in Meet the Boss we talk to James Morris, Managing Director of holidaycottages.co.uk. The company was founded by James’s father in 1989 and James took over the helm at the age of 21, in 1999. James got married in September 2012 and is currently renovating his home. * Where did you go on [&hell... Read more

Meet the Boss: Craig Burkinshaw, Audley Travel

This week in Meet the Boss we talk to Craig Burkinshaw, founder of Audley Travel, one of the UK’s leading luxury tour operators. When Craig founded the company back in 1996 it was known as Asian Journeys. Today, Audley offers individual journeys, designed to match the traveller’s interests, tastes and... Read more

Meet the Boss: James Thornton, Intrepid Travel

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to James Thornton, Managing Director of global adventure tour operator, Intrepid Travel. James took over the reins from the company’s co-founders, Geoff Manchester and Darrell Wade, in 2... Read more

Meet the Boss: Vijay Dandapani, President of Apple Core Hotels

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Vijay Dandapani, President of Apple Core Hotels, a hotel ownership and operating company started in 1993, and now with five hotels in the mid-Manhattan area of New York. Vijay is a gr... Read more

Meet the Boss: Andrew Williams, Solos Holidays

 

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Andrew Williams, Managing Director of Solos Holidays, founded over 30 years ago and awarded Best Specialist Singles Tour Operator in the 2011 British Travel Awards. Andrew start... Read more

Meet the Boss: Bill Haslam, Gwel an Mor

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Bill Haslam, Managing Director of the award-winning Gwel an Mor, a five-star resort in Cornwall. Something of a serial entrepreneur, Bill was behind the introduction of Quaser game cen... Read more

Meet the Boss: Sarah Yandell, Railbookers

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Sarah Yandell, one of the three founding directors of Railbookers Ltd, launched in 2003 with the aim of becoming the leading supplier of tailor made holidays by rail. Sarah and her fa... Read more

Meet the Boss: Parik Laxminarayan, Enchanting Travels

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Parik Laxminarayan, founder of Enchanting Travels. Parik started Enchanting Travels in 2004 with a friend he met at INSEAD, the international graduate business school, “because we... Read more

Meet the Boss: Helen Howitt of Sheepskin

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Helen Howitt, co-founder of Sheepskin, a small collection of unique holiday properties located in idyllic landscapes throughout the UK. Helen and her partner left corporate life to pursu... Read more

Meet the Boss: Mike Collins of Tropical Sky

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Mike Collins, managing director of Tropical Sky. * Where did you go on holiday this year, and why? Any plans for 2012? Skiing in Beaver Creek, Colorado. It has fantastic facilities for t... Read more

Meet the Boss: Noel Josephides, Sunvil Holidays

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Noel Josephides, founder and Managing Director of Sunvil Holidays.

Noel, who was born and educated in Cyprus, is a commanding figure in the UK travel industry and has been chairman of th... Read more

Meet the Boss: Felice Soru, Sardatur Holidays

Our latest “Meet the Boss” interview is with Felice Soru, founder and Chairman of Sardatur Holidays, which next year celebrates 25 years as a tour operator. One of the leading UK operators to Sardinia, with its own BA chartered flights, Sardatur has recently expanded its programme to mainland Ita... Read more

Meet the Boss: Andrew Dunn, Scott Dunn

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Andrew Dunn, the owner and founder of leading luxury tour operator Scott Dunn. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Scott Dunn operates luxury ski chalets in the Alps, fully-sta... Read more

Meet the Boss: Laila Ram, i-escape.com

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Laila Ram, director and co-founder of i-escape.com. Laila set up the travel website specialising in boutique hotels and hip hideaways with her best friend, Nikki Tinto, back in 2001 to h... Read more

Meet the Boss: Paul Irvine, Dehouche

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we chat with Paul Irvine, co-founder of Dehouche, which specialises in luxury travel to South America. Paul set up Dehouche in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 with an old school friend, Henry Madden. “... Read more

Meet the Boss: Matthew Collins of The Bell, Sandwich

As part of our series of interviews with members of 101 Holidays, today we meet Matthew Collins, general manager and director of the Bell Hotel in Sandwich, Kent. Hotels are in Matthew’s blood. “I lived in and out of hotels for most of my childhood. My mum was a waitress at a hotel in Stratford [&... Read more

Meet the Boss: Will Bolsover, World Big Cat Safaris

Our editors at 101 Holidays conduct regular interviews with the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we meet our newest member, Will Bolsover, owner and managing director of World Primate Safaris and World Big Cat Safaris. After a university gap year spent teaching and travelling in Ea... Read more

Meet the Boss: Kerry Golds, W&O Travel

Each week at 101 Holidays we interview one of the people behind the UK’s finest tour operators. This week we meet Kerry Golds, Director of Tour Operations at W&O Travel. Kerry has worked in travel since the age of 17, starting on the shop floor of a travel agency. In 2007 she joined Western & Orien... Read more

Meet the Boss: David Atkin, ITC Sports

Each week at 101 Holidays we interview one of the people behind the UK’s finest tour operators. This week we meet up with David Atkin, Director of Sports at International Travel Connections. David lives in Chester with his wife, Aimée, and their children Beth, three, and one-year-old Joe. * Where did you ... Read more

Meet the Boss: Annabel Lawson, Andante Travels

Our editors at 101 Holidays conduct regular interviews with the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we meet up with Dr Annabel Lawson, the founder and director of Andante Travels, which specialises in archaeological tours across the world. ·    Where did you go on holiday this yea... Read more

Meet the Boss: Paul Milsom of Milsom Hotels

Each week at 101 Holidays we interview one of the people behind the UK’s finest hotels and tour operators. This week we meet up with Paul Milsom, managing director of Milsom Hotels in Essex, a small group that includes one of our favourite places to stay in the English countryside, Maison Talbooth (picture... Read more

Meet the Boss: Robert Kidd, See Scotland Differently

Robert Kidd, with his wife and business partner Heather McKinlay, started the travel company McKinlay Kidd in 2003, having had over 20 years experience working for some of the biggest names in the UK travel industry. Their See Scotland Differently holidays offer tailormade self-drive, independent holidays an... Read more

Meet the Boss: Xavier Schouller, Peak Retreats

Each week at 101 Holidays we interview one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we meet up with Xavier Schouller, the managing director of Peak Retreats, a specialist in unspoilt Alpine resorts. After working at the French Embassy in London and for Brittany Ferries, Xavier set u... Read more

Meet the Boss: Fi Lowry, Kudu Travel

Each week at 101 Holidays we meet one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we speak with Fi Lowry, Director of the cultural walking tour specialist, Kudu Travel. Fi’s role at Kudu is very much ‘hands on’, still leading some trips herself. Brought up oversea... Read more

Meet the Boss: Peter Kerkar, Cox & Kings

Each week at 101 Holidays we meet one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we speak with Peter Kerkar, Managing Director of Cox & Kings Travel. Peter was brought up in Mumbai, educated at Stanford University and took up his current role at the age of 24. He has since [&he... Read more

Meet the Boss: Annie Long, founder of Long Travel

Each week at 101 Holidays we meet one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we meet Annie Long who, with her husband Ray, founded and operates Long Travel, a small independent specialist to Southern Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. The couple first met when they both worked together as... Read more

Meet the Boss: Andy Perrin, Esprit Holidays

Each week at 101 Holidays we meet one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we chat to Andy Perrin, managing director of the independent specialists Esprit Ski, Ski Total and Santa’s Lapland. Andy started in the ski business in the 1980s as a post-university gap-year resort ... Read more

Meet the Boss: Ash Sofat, Somak Holidays

Each week at 101 Holidays we meet one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we turn the spotlight on Ash Sofat, chief executive of Somak Holidays, the independent long-haul specialist. Ash joined his father at Somak in 1989 and founded the holidays division. Today he has overall r... Read more

Meet the Boss: Mikael Krafft, Star Clippers

Each week at 101 Holidays we interview one of the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week it is the turn of Mikael Krafft, the Swedish environmentalist and owner and founder of Star Clippers. Mikael’s love of the sea began at the age of 10 when his father gave him a 18ft sailing [&hel... Read more

Meet the Boss: Alastair Donnelly, Inside Japan Tours

Each week at 101 Holidays we interview one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we meet Alastair Donnelly, director of the specialist operator, Inside Japan Tours. Alastair founded the company with his business partner, Simon King, after they had both spent time living and teachi... Read more

Meet the Boss: Philip Price, P&O Cruises

Each week at 101 Holidays we interview one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we turn the spotlight on Philip Price, head of brand marketing at P&O Cruises. Philip is a keen golfer and sailor and lives in Southampton with his wife, Liz, and their two daughters, aged 12 and ... Read more

Meet the Boss: Amanda Marks, Tribes Travel

Every Monday at 101 Holidays we meet one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we turn the spotlight on Amanda Marks, of Tribes Travel. Amanda and her husband Guy had both worked as tour leaders for an adventure overland company before they founded Tribes Travel in 1998. The compa... Read more

Meet the Boss: Mandy Nickerson, Bales Worldwide

Each week at 101 Holidays we interview one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we turn the spotlight on Mandy Nickerson, managing director of Bales Worldwide. Mandy joined the family business aged 19, working in travel agency sales. At that time her mother, Molly Bales, was MD. ... Read more

Meet the Boss: Philip Davies, Real Travel

Each week at 101 Holidays we interview one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we turn the spotlight on Philip Davies of Real Holidays. Philip worked as a teacher and pop promoter before 1989 when he launched Real Holidays, an independent travel agency in Islington, North London... Read more

Meet the Boss: Lesley Rollo, Thomson Tailormade

Each week at 101 Holidays we meet the movers and shakers behind the UK’s leading tour operators. This week we chat to Lesley Rollo, Programme Director of Thomson Tailormade. Lesley has worked in the travel industry for 12 years and lives in Surrey with her husband Steve and two daughters, aged 3 and 8. • ... Read more

Meet the Boss: John Dixon, Prestige Holidays

Each week at 101 Holidays we interview one of the people behind the UK’s finest travel companies. This week we turn the spotlight on John Dixon, chairman and managing director of the independent luxury tour operator, Prestige Holidays. John began his career on the high street and by the age of 25 was managi... Read more

Meet the Boss: Karl Watson, Inntravel

Each week 101 Holidays meets the boss of one of the UK’s finest tour operators. This week we speak to Karl Watson, general manager of Inntravel, which specialises in walking, cycling and cross-country skiing holidays in the most beautiful corners of Europe. Karl joined Inntravel in 2001 and moved to rural N... Read more

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