Chic Locations – Understanding Value, Exceeding Expectations…
Although the award has been presented to a couple of UK operators in the past, David is the first individual from a British tour operator to be recognised. The presentation was made by the Minister of Tourism to David during the annual Thailand Travel Mart held in Bangkok.
David said “It is always good to receive recognition , especially as it was presented in front of an audience of tour operators and press. Although the award was made to me personally , at Chic we are very much a team so we all share my pleasure . Thailand has consistently been our top selling destination in Asia . Plus it has the highest repeat business. The product range is vast and every changing , so it is easy to be creative and you can always offer something new.“
25 years in travel, starting as a resort representative in the Caribbean, before rapidly progressing to become Regional Director for Puerto Rico , first in North America before moving to their European office in Madrid . Hotel experience with The Sands Casino Group and Sunswept Resorts in St Lucia & Grenada, before joining Tropical Locations. Moved to WO Travel upon acquisition where she become General Manager of several brands, including Tropical, Kids in the Med and Harlequin. Founder member & Partner in Chic Locations. As you would expect from a French – Spanish – Lebanese background, totally passionate about service and quality .
An industry veteran yet still with a passion to discover new hotels and destinations and a surprising trendsetter.Many years of experience and regarded by many to have almost “Guru“ status given his encyclopaedic knowledge of the travel industry, although sitting cross-legged for any length of time is now a challenge . Practical resort experience as representative in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, a graphic design company in Singapore, and a founder member of some of the best known specialist tour operators including Tradewinds, Simply Tropix, Tropical Locations and now probably his best , Chic Locations.
16 years in travel, all with specialist tour operators. Starting with Pearls of the Orient, then Simply Tropix before being part of the original team at Tropical Locations. Moved across to WO Travel upon acquisition of Tropical Locations and consistently became one of their most valued and treasured staff. Joined David & Marie-Helene to form Chic Locations where she continues to entice clients and agents with her knowledge and passion for quality and value.
Another long term travel professional, with over 20 years of tour operating experience mainly to the the Far East. Particularly knowledgeable on Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and in Malaysia the states of Sabah & Sawawak. And with a great personal affection for Burma (Myanmar) even before it become popular. In addition Sue has practical sailing experience in the Med, and was one of a two person crew from Greece to the UK via The Azores!
And behind the scenes :
Mikey Horne , our website technician and bringing some youthful ( by comparison to David ! ) innovation, imagination and knowledge to our presentation and social media . A resident of Barbados so the daily sunshine helps with the positive outlook . And Carla Pinto , all the way from Porto but now residing in London , our financial controller , wonderfully accurate to the finest decimal point .