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US in October, Europe in November

US in October, Europe in November

If anyone would like to meet I am on the move in October and November.  October 23rd sees the official launch of the Shackleton and Selous Society in New York and November 11-15 see the PURE trade show in Marrakech.  In between I will be in the US and the UK/Europe. So if someone...

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What Makes an Iconic Trip?

What Makes an Iconic Trip?

I was really pleased to be able to put this one together.  The brief was for 5 guys who had been everywhere, done everything.  They wanted extreme.  They wanted iconic NZ.  They wanted some real offroad self-drive in iconic scenery.  In terms of accommodation, they wanted...

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Shackleton & Selous

Shackleton & Selous

Most of us travel professionals at the top end keep asking ourselves what makes travel special?  What makes a happy client?  What makes a seamless itinerary?  It is of course not a simple question and the many different people on this planet are delighted by many different...

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It's Official - I'm not a Hobbit

It's Official - I'm not a Hobbit

We made the Conde Nast Traveler 'top travel specialist' list this year.  Like the A-List, there are only 130-odd agencies worldwide on this one.  So, after 10 years of hard work and satisfied clients it looks like we may have "arrived".  The National Business Review...

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Getting it Right

Getting it Right

I was away for the last ten days taking a high-profile journalist around the country and exploring some themes in more depth than is usual.  The identity of the journalist and publication has to remain secret for the moment - until the article is published - but some of the places and themes...

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The Experience List - Peer Group Association

The Experience List - Peer Group Association

“The Experience List” is a first-ever grouping of country experts, known in the travel trade as luxury DMCs. These Destination Management Companies manage every aspect of an itinerary in their country from touchdown to wheels-up - bringing a very high level of service to their...

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Split Apple Retreat - Lee Nelson's Masterpiece

Split Apple Retreat - Lee Nelson's Masterpiece

I did a lightning fast trip around the top of the South Island last week and fell in love with Split Apple Retreat.  Here are my notes on the property: Abel Tasman, Nelson If a masterpiece is a man-made work with nothing out of place, a composition pleasing on a number of levels...

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Christmas/New Year in New Zealand

Christmas/New Year in New Zealand

We're seeing a return to booking levels which last existed 4-5 years ago.  Unfortunately New Zealand is still most popular for that Dec 15 - Jan 15 period and the country - at this highest level - is already almost full.  Queenstown over New Year?  Forget it.  Same with Huka...

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Travel + Leisure A-List

Travel + Leisure A-List

A few years ago, while I was still grinding this business slowly uphill I was standing at a urinal, as one does.  Above each urinal in this place (which I forget) were quotations from people who had 'made it'.  The one above my urinal said something along the lines of "I made it...

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Huka Lodge - back to its best

Huka Lodge - back to its best

Huka Lodge has long been known as the pioneer of our luxury lodges, blazing the trail for our current world-class line-up.  Award after award has attested to its pre-eminence.  But all was not always right.  A few years ago we used to not recommend Huka as some clients weren't that...

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