feefo-cakeHappy Birthday Feefo

Just last Friday our office was the recipient of a lovely surprise….a massive Birthday Cake from Feefo, our friendly, genuine review platform. It was to celebrate their ‘Magnificent Seventh’ birthday. Since 2010 they have been building a platform that lets customers leave real reviews live on suppliers sites. Its this form of trust and transparency […]

_MG_8571 copyActivities and the Discerning Collection Client

A recent survey by Silver Travel Advisor, with albeit a fairly small sample of 500 all over the age of 50 found the following: Less than a third of over 50s use a travel agent to book holidays, with just 15% visiting in person, research published today (Tuesday) reveals. More than half (56%) of older […]

Discerning_Collection_LogoFavourite sayings

With the recent atrocity that took place in Istanbul, Turkey this week I am reminded of, as an owner of a small family business, some of my favourite sayings that are especially poignant given that our main holiday destination is Turkey. ‘When you buy from a small business you are not helping a CEO buy […]

Alternative Travel Awards 2016.   Photo by Steve Dunlop steve@stevedunlop.com www.stevedunlop.com +447762084057Some fun to end our season

Every December, for twenty-four years now, Viv and Nick Wrightman have been arranging and hosting the Alternative Travel Awards in London. The event, which raises money for various charities, was started in 1992 and was the brainchild of Nick who decided that many of the travel award ceremonies were merely sycophantic nods to the larger […]

hbcHillside Beach Club’s Success Story

November 2016 – The success of Hillside Beach Club has been recognised through the creation of a case study for marketing students at one of the world’s leading universities, Harvard Business School. Operated by Alarko Holding Tourism Group, the luxury resort is praised for its authentic management methods, motivated staff and popularity with guests in […]

nick-350A big thank you to all our guests

So the summer season has now come to an end and it’s been quite a turbulent year for the travel industry with some clear winners and losers. Brexit, terror threats and the weakening pound have all had significant impact on travel in 2016. Our biggest market, Turkey, certainly suffered from all the negative press since […]