Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Tour operator tailor-made to talk at rotary club meeting

HENLEY Rotary Club’s lunchtime meeting was chaired by the current club secretary and past president Philip Fletcher in the unavoidable

HENLEY Rotary Club’s lunchtime meeting was chaired by the current club secretary and past president Philip Fletcher in the unavoidable absence of Roger Sayer.

Giles Hoff, director of local specialist bespoke travel consultants, Savile Row Travel, gave a brief description of his firm’s services, assisted by one of his colleagues Matthew Callaway on Tuesday.

Mr Hoff has great experience in the travel business and started Savile Row Travel in London in 2006, moving the head office to Market Place Mews in Henley in 2009. He emphasised that they were tour operators, as opposed to travel agents, and concentrated on the tailor-made aspect for their clients. He said that the business was still marketed with two brands, the Savile Row Travel side and another facet, Feelgood Holidays, as which the original enterprise was conceived. The Feelgood side concentrated on beach holidays, families and honeymoons, with particular expertise in the Far East and Asia.

He explained that the company also organised bespoke trips for large parties, including a 112-strong group of World War Two Navy veterans to Malaysia in 2010, the Henley College rugby tour to South America in the same year and arrangements for a number of Rotarians to visit an international meeting in Thailand.

The tailor-made description was really genuine, he said, and included complimentary transfers for all Henley area clients. Matthew Callaway described how the company had sourced two valuable items for Henley Rotary Club’s forthcoming charity auction, a five-night trip to two locations in Seville and a 12-night visit to Indo-China, including Bangkok, Laos and the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.

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